Project Timeline: May 15, 2017- August 15, 2017
Potential Budget: $20,000 per building
All UIC housing will be equipped with wall slots starting for all students living in campus housing next semester. This will motivate the university thrive towards a green university which will also promote energy use awareness. This is a modern concept acquired by the European hotel industry, and is being used everywhere outside of the United States. Bringing this to dorm residence halls in the US will create awareness and educate the youth. Students tend to leave the lights and TV on while away from the dorm room. Wall slots are designed to shut off your electricity while you are away. When you get back to your room, simply insert you iCard into the wall slot to activate the electricity. A lot of students have small fridges in the dorm that need to remain on at all time. A solution is, in each dorm room there will be on outlet where it remains on regardless of the key slot. This will allow students to keep their fridge on, or charge their laptops while they are away. This project will be in duration of 3 months costing about $20,000 for one resident building, but saving the university nearly $8,000 annually per residence hall. The project will begin implementation with JST towers. This is an opportunity to not only reduce cost for the university but reduce wasted energy. This will increase awareness with a slight change to student habits because students need their iCard around campus daily. A research done at Rutgers university tested typical power consumption with multiple lamps, desks, and fridges in the dorm room to get an average consumption per 30 suites. This resulted in 22,000 kwh per month cost $.13/kwh costing around $2800. The percentage savings is 20% which means the university will save around $8000 per year just from one dorm building.
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