Energy Conservation Measures and AnalysisThe capital intensive improvements have been analyzed according to need, frequency of use, capital cost, yearly savings, and payback period. The first selection is made for the thingsthat have higher frequency of use because these are the ones that lead to higher savings. Out of all the possible changes, the recommended improvements are the ones that have a higher yearlysavings and shortest payback period.In the calculations the following formulas were used:
Energy Cost per Year = Appliance Watts [W] * hours used per day [hr] * 270 * 0.001 * $0.119 [1/kWh]
Payback Period = ((Current Energy Cost per Year)
(New Energy Cost per Year))/Price of New Appliance
The sources for Wattage of appliances and prices can be found in the appendix.
Television Room AuditThe television room in the fraternity/ sorority houses serves many purposes and thereforeis used very often. In the sorority house the television room is used most of the day and theappliance that is most frequently used there is the TV while in the fraternity house male studentsuse the TV plus a video game which is very popular. The energy use cost is higher in thefraternity house by $60 per year which is not very significant. The first ECM recommended forthis section of the house would be to unplug the TV, VCR, videogames, and any other equipmentin the room since there is no need to leave them plugged in. The second ECM for the rooms ischanging to more energy efficient televisions because, although the payback period is a bit long,