Electricity conservation at the University of Waterloo

TitleElectricity conservation at the University of Waterloo
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsPeterson, G.

The earth is an open system. It continually revives a stream of organized energy from the sun. The earth reradiates this energy in a dissipated form. Living and non-living processes, including people, use the work that is done as the energy is dissipated.  A fraction of this incoming energy is stored by the earth in plants or warmed materials, but eventually this energy is released. Eons ago, in a long slow process, some of this stored energy was converted into oil and natural gas, creating an energy storehouse. However, in recent years, this storehouse has been looted. Unless the looting is stopped, the warehouse will be emptied. The technological solution of nuclear energy is unproven and has tremendous risks. Realistically, the human race must learn to live on its solar income, and living on this energy requires that mankind’s energy be curtailed. This report deals with a small scale example of how energy use reduction is being handled. This report describes and evaluates the electricity conservation programs that have been initiated at the University of Waterloo (UW). The context in which the electricity conservation programs at UW occur is also explored, and a description of the roles of Ontario Hydro, the role of UW’s electricity consumers, and UW’s electricity administrators is presented. This report concludes with a brief evaluation followed by a set of recommendations and conclusions… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca