Campus Electricity Monitoring System
In anticipation of future energy reduction projects, UNIS Hanoi has installed a network of new power meters to better measure our electricity consumption across the campus. Previously we received a single bill that just showed energy consumption over a fixed period of time. The meters now monitor a range of electrical data in from each building, in real time, and feeds it into an online database. As we collect this data 24 hours a day we are creating an energy usage profile for each building on campus.
The information we are collecting has many uses, most importantly it helps the school understand exactly how each facility performs in terms of electricity usage (or wastage). The electricity monitoring system will help us to target our campus sustainability projects to the areas of the school where we identify that the greatest savings can be made.
We can view electricity usage of each building via an online data dashboard provided by the equipment monitoring suppliers. With the dashboard we can see all the data – live and historic - and then visualise it through customised charts and graphs. The monitoring system provides an exciting real-life teaching tool for science, maths and economics, but it has the potential to be much more than that.
The present dashboard has got limitations in terms of being able to manipulate the data but we hope that soon we will provide access for teachers and students so that everyone on campus can be part of a new phase of strategic interventions for a sustainable campus. Students will instantly see the impact that any behavioural change they can make, to energy consumption. By logging into the dashboard for example, a campaign to switch off lights and AC in their building will be seen to reduce energy demand over that period of time.
In this way, the buildings on our campus become instruments to teach environmental stewardship. Our children at UNIS Hanoi will be able to see how the choices they make can have a real and easily definable improvement – they will be engaged, educated and empowered – stewards of their environment.