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The social and economic feasibility of light sensor usage on Campus

TitleThe social and economic feasibility of light sensor usage on Campus
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsArsenault, N., S. Bell, N. Mieles, and M. Nunn
Keywordsclassroom lights, electricity consumption, energy consumption, University of Waterloo campus, waste
Abstract

The main problem that inspired this study was the wasted consumption of electricity due to classroom lights being left on when the classrooms were being unused. Not only was this a waste of energy and money but it also showed that the university did not encourage environmental consciousness through example. Presently there are light sensors randomly placed in few rooms throughout campus. Mainly in buildings that have been renovated or recently built. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that every new or renovated building will have light sensors implemented or that there is further incentive to continue to install light sensors in existing classrooms. The purpose of this study is to highlight the social acceptance and economic feasibility of light sensor usage on campus using a methodological approach based on both quantitative and qualitative data. We hope that this data proves that social concerns regarding light sensors are not a barrier for further light sensor installation on campus and that the economic benefits of light sensors warrants the implementation of light sensors in existing classrooms on campus… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca