Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Report Examines electricity consumption at Canadian and US Colleges

Electricity

Surveyed colleges spend an average of $745 per full-time enrolled student on electricity.

A new report has examined the electricity consumption habits of 17 colleges in Canada and the United States.

The report, titled “College Electricity Consumption Benchmarks,” was released by a firm called Research and Markets. It charts what steps North American colleges have taken to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their consumption.

Some of their more interesting findings include:

  • Surveyed colleges spend an average of $745 per full-time enrolled student on electricity.
  • 87.5 per cent of surveyed colleges have made an effort to replace lighting with higher efficiency bulbs
  • 18.75 per cent of those surveyed said they used solar energy for heating and/or electricity.
  • Colleges with less than 2,500 students saw an average of 15 per cent less in electricity use on campus during spring break.
  • 4-year colleges had a mean of 9,776.85 total kilowatt hours of consumption, per full-time student, well above the entire mean of 6,481.52.

The numbers also showed that no community college or research university answered they spent any money on oil last year. 4-year colleges claimed to spend a small amount on oil, as did PHD-granting colleges.

The firm, Research and Markets, is based out of Dublin, Ireland and is the leading source for international market research and market data.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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