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Building Energy Use and Conservation in Cycle VIII of the Texas Institutional Conservation Program
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Sixty-two technical assistance (energy audit) reports by twelve different consulting firms representing fifteen independent school districts, nine hospitals, and five colleges have been reviewed to assess energy use characteristics and recommended energy saving measures. Such measures include both maintenance and operation (H&O) measures (generally regarded as "low-cost, no-cost") and energy conservation (ECH) measures (generally more expensive and requiring outside skills). Implementation cost, annual savings of energy and costs, and paybacks were reported for all M&Os and ECHs. Measures were broken down by the consulting firms according to energy use characteristics and categories, and it was determined that average costs for electricity and gas, before implementation of M&Os and ECHs, were $0.0596/KWH and $4.85/MMBTU respectively. The total implementation cost and projected annual savings for the M&Os are $73,000 and $223,000 respectively, yielding a four-month payback. The corresponding results for implementation of ECHs are $2,232,000 and $555,000, resulting in a four-year payback. Also, some obvious problems in the preparation of technical assistance reports along with the general background and implementation of the Institutional Conservation Program in Texas, resulting from the National Energy Act of 1978, are discussed.
Schrecengost, R. C.; Lum, S. K.; Notman, J. R.; Sattler, D. R.; Heffington, W. M. (1986). Building Energy Use and Conservation in Cycle VIII of the Texas Institutional Conservation Program. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from