Energy Star in Residences: A Comparison of Energy Star vs. non-Energy Star appliances in three Dalhousie University Student Residences
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The purpose of this report is to provide Dalhousie University with information about the number of Energy Star appliances within the common rooms of three residences, Howe Hall, Risley Hall, and Shirreff Hall and how the number of Energy Star appliances can be increased. We conducted interviews, surveys of common rooms, and intercept surveys to assess student’s awareness of Energy Star. The limited number of student responses led us to an inaccurate representation of the student population. We were able to calculate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, money, and energy saved when non-Energy Star appliances are replaced with Energy Star appliances. Future research into this field should encompass major stakeholders in residences, the students. This would provide a more accurate representation of how effectively and efficiently decrease plug-load capacities.