#1 By: Graeme Stuart, March 17th, 2014 11:56
I saw this on gooddeeds and though it would be worth posting here.
Does anyone know what caused this increase in baseload on the weekend of the 9th of March? The library is a great example of a building with a very low baseload. It would be interesting to find out what happened.
#2 By: Michael McBride, April 29th, 2014 09:26
I posted the explanation for this one on Gooddeeds - some lights had been left on overnight. Although we do have procedures for turning off lights, computers etc. before we close each day, mistakes sometimes happen. Not often though, which is why we have a low baseload!
#3 By: Graeme Stuart, April 29th, 2014 09:44
Great, thanks @MMcBride!
A quick look at it shows the load due to those lights is about 4kW (2kWh per half hour). That's equivalent to about 28p per hour depending on your tariff (assuming average price per unit = 7p). For the Saturday night to Sunday morning (about 36 hours), this might have cost about £10. That's at £10 saving every weekend. Every night the building drops to baseload for about 10 hours so that's about £2.80 every weekday night.
In total the savings due to switching off just those lights is about £22 per week, over £1000 per year.
#4 By: Michael McBride, April 29th, 2014 10:04
So leaving on just that one set of lights, on one floor, over one weekend, cost us £10? Interesting. My staff are already energy aware and are conscientious about turning things off, but if I can represent to them the consequences of leaving lights on in actual cost terms - £10 for 36 hours!!! - it might encourage them to be even more careful. Thanks.
#5 By: Ibraheem Kolawole, July 23rd, 2014 19:27
Talking about extreme low baseload in Leicester Central Library building, I have always wondered how it is being achieved constantly. The building is the most energy efficient in terms of electricity consumption on the Smartspaces buildings as I have been studying the profile day in day out for my dissertation. A short visit on Tuesday evening around 6:30pm to 7pm confirmed this, but I did see a light bulb at the back exit was left on.
#6 By: Michael McBride, July 24th, 2014 06:09
It is achieved constantly by having established closing procedures, which make staff in designated working areas responsible for switching off lights. computers etc. before they leave those areas.
The light at the back door is left on for the benefit of our premises officer, who starts work very early - usually before dawn - and enters the building through that door. The area is accessible from the street but not covered by street lights. The premises officer does not feel secure approaching the door in darkness.
#7 By: Ibraheem Kolawole, July 30th, 2014 06:48
That is interesting, however I was wondering if I will be welcomed to do a short site survey for dissertation purpose. Highlighting the good behavioural practice giving this encouraging result.