University to save around 30 percent of energy annually at workstations
An energy saving product is set to provide 1200 Monash University office workstations with annual energy savings of around 30 percent.
Monash University Clayton Campus in Victoria recently conducted a two-month pilot study to determine the financial benefits of installing the Australian-designed EcoSwitch throughout the university’s office workstations. EcoSwitch is an energy saving device that cuts out standby power used by equipment and appliances.
A statistically representative mix of office staff workstations were selected that typically employed a Compaq desktop or a Dell notebook computer, a monitor and a standard CISCO IP Phone.
Post installation surveys were conducted after 2 months in which an 87 percent average utilisation rate was achieved. With this utilisation rate, based on 12c/kWhr, the estimated annual energy savings by installing 1200 EcoSwitches at the university is projected to be around 53MWhr, representing a return on investment in around 18 months.
“Even if we had a utilisation rate of only 50 percent we would see a return on investment in just 2.7 years, which we are more than happy with,” Raqibul Hassan, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Monash University, states.
Other outcomes from the pilot study were:
- an 87 percent utilisation of the EcoSwitch reduced total energy consumption measured against business as usual by around 30 percent
- 100 percent of the study respondents were using the product at least “most days”
- feedback responses from the study group included: “love it”, “easy”, “simple” and “want to use some at home”, and
- the majority of staff used the EcoSwitch because they held a positive attitude towards its implementation and ability to save power.