By Margaret Blandford
McGill’s Energy Dashboard is a tool offered by a Vancouver firm, Pulse Energy. It is a cloud-based platform to visualize building energy performance online, in real time. The plan is to raise awareness in the McGill community on energy consumption and identify issues in buildings as they arise. McGill has set the goal of reducing energy consumption 12% below 2002-03 levels by 2015. To view the latest energy consumption information on some of McGill’s buildings check this website: https://my.pulseenergy.com/mcgill/dashboard#/overview
We all should be aware of our energy consumption within our offices. Here are a few tips from the Office of Sustainability.
- Turn of the lights. If you are going to be out of your office for more than 15 minutes, turn off the lights
- Turn off your monitor. Screensavers do not save energy. If you are leaving your desk for the day, turn off your computer monitor as well.
- Most computers have an energy-saving function. Right click on the desktop, select “Properties,” and click on the “Screensaver” tag. Click on the button by the “Energy Star” logo to adjust your computer’s power settings