Electricity Reduction

The Electricity Reduction Initiative targets the top fifty highest energy consuming buildings for energy efficiency projects over the next two years.

What are we trying to achieve?

Seventy-five per cent of the University's electricity budget is due to the energy consumption of just fifty buildings out of 263 buildings on campus.

This project aims to reduce energy use on campus through a targeted program which involves:

  • improving the way we measure energy use by upgrading our metering systems
  • fine tuning the way our buildings operate cooling and heating systems
  • upgrading air conditioning and lighting systems in selected buildings
  • developing a strategy to reduce desk top computer energy use.

What's involved?

The project is divided into five streams (or projects) which will work in parallel.

  1. Electricity metering - installing smart metres and connecting metres to the Universities building management system.
  2. Building tune ups - fine tuning the operation of the heating and cooling systems in 44 buildings.
  3. Replacing heating and cooling systems in 31 buildings.
  4. Lighting upgrades - installing energy efficient lighting technology in 38 buildings.
  5. Implement a desk top computer energy saving policy.

Highlight news

14 Apr 2016

Electricity reduction project progresses »

The LED lighting upgrade in Ursula Hall is now complete and current analysis of electricity reduction is underway. The Toad Hall LED lighting upgrade...
7 Mar 2016

Reducing electricity during warmer months »

The Electricity Reduction Project is identifying opportunities to reduce electricity consumption for cooling across campus through efficiency...
23 Nov 2015

Central plant enhancements reduce electricity usage »

Since 2009 the Central Plant has undergone a number of enhancements that have resulted in a 20% reduction in electricity usage in the Science...
13 Oct 2015

Heating and cooling next focus for electricity reduction »

Heating and cooling systems are the second focus area for the Electricity Reduction Project. Of the 50 buildings topping the electricity reduction...
1 Oct 2015

New smart meters to track electricity usage »

As part of the Electricity Reduction initiative, 220 smart meters have now been installed that will provide over 30 different pieces of information...
16 Sep 2015

Reducing electricity on campus »

Seventy-five per cent of the University's electricity budget is due to the energy consumption of just fifty of the 263 buildings on campus. The...
28 Apr 2015

School of Music halves its electricity use »

Electricity use by the School of Music has halved since January last year. The Facilities and Services technical services team reviewed the School of...
Top 50 buildings by electricity use
28 Apr 2015

Top 50 buildings by electricity use »

The Electricity Reduction Initiative targets the top fifty highest electricity consuming buildings for energy efficiency projects over the next two...