Interactive System Monitors University’s Utility Usage


July 15, 2011
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BOTHELL, Wash. – Real time “utility dashboard” displays have been installed on the campus shared by UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College. The touch screen displays provide students, staff and the community with data on the campus’s consumption of natural gas and electricity, and on the energy generated by the campus’s solar arrays.

The system offers several ways to view energy usage. Data can be viewed by day, week, month or year; by number of people in the building; or in alternative units such as equivalent car mileage, energy required to cook a given quantity of hamburgers or cost in dollars. A unique feature of the dashboard is its ability to compare consumption between buildings on campus. The comparison feature enables the system to serve as a platform for energy-savings competitions between campuses or buildings.

Three dashboard monitors have been installed. According to Tony Guerrero, assistant vice chancellor for facilities services, the university will evaluate the project’s success in terms of how well it reinforces awareness and utility conservation behaviors on campus. If successful, more monitors may be installed. The campus is also purchasing special water meters in order to view water use on the dashboard.

Says Guerrero, “The dashboard system is an important component in a comprehensive energy conservation initiative that is estimated to generate about $2 million in savings over the next ten years.” The interactive displays can be found in buildings UW1, CC3 and in the campus library. Some of the data displayed on the monitors can also be viewed online at

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Photo Caption: A new "utility dashboard" at UW Bothell tracks energy use in real time. Students Edith Chan, left, and Marlene Manzo check the readouts.

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