Energy Use at the University of Delaware
With tens of thousands of students, staff & faculty, the university is the size of a town.
The types of energy UD used:
- Electricity 44% 44%
- Natural Gas 26% 26%
- Gasoline & Jet Fuel (Incl. Commuting) 24% 24%
- Fuel Oil, Fertilizer, Misc. 6% 6%
*From FY2007-2017, Based on the University of Delaware 2016-2017 greenhouse gas inventory.
Where UD used our energy:
- Buildings 71% 71%
- Transportation (Incl. Commuting) 24% 24%
- Transmission Line Loss 3% 3%
- Waste & Fertilizer 1% 1%
In 2008, the University of Delaware set a goal to
reduce our green house gas emissions by 20% by 2020.
What will your impact be?
We need your help to improve energy performance on campus!
Take Your Energy With You
Devices plugged in but not in use can consume up to 30% of a building’s energy.
Turn off screens and unplug gadgets or chargers when they’re not in use and you can have a huge impact on unnecessary energy use.
Turn off all the things!
Powering up an electronic is usually equivalent to running it for only 5-10 minutes. Turn off screens and unplug gadgets and chargers to extend their useful life and save energy.
Pro tip: Use timers on lamps and electronics to turn them off when you rarely use them. At about $5, timers are cheap, effective, and have a fast return on investment (ROI).
Being better in your building
Our buildings on campus get a lot of traffic, and sometimes stuff happens.
- If a door or window is left open by accident, close it.
- Don’t leave lab hoods open, they are major energy hogs.
- Try to schedule work or research during normal working hours, or we have to run the A/C in the whole building for just a handful of people.
Save the Conditioned Air
We condition air to a comfortable temperature and humidity, but that takes a lot of you-know-what. Close your curtains when you’re away to save that delicious air for inside. Close doors or windows – wherever that sweet air is seeping out into oblivion.
If you have a thermostat, tone it down at night while you’re sleeping. Set your temp cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer – and dress appropriately. You’ll save money and cut the biggest source of emissions and pollution in buildings.
Report Maintenance Issues ASAP
Shoot a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone thinks someone else reported it and usually no one has. Our maintenance guys are really great (in case you didn’t know), but they don’t use the buildings like we do, so sometimes they don’t know about everyday issues. Report it if you notice:
- Building is way too hot or cold
- Building is super-drafty
- Lights are out or water is dripping
- Toilets are running… and running… and running
- Doors or windows don’t close properly
Adjust Your Commute One Day Per Week
1 in 5 is 20%. Take the bus or carpool just one day each week. UD is here to help, check out multiple options on the Transportation page. You could even get a parking discount and save serious $$.
All new buildings will meet LEED standards
Green roofs on campus help insulate buildings and reduce stormwater pollution
The University of Delaware is taking action