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Funny Energy Stories
This paper describes a series of hilarious true stories that demonstrate how easy it often is to save huge amounts of energy by relatively small and simple operating changes. The savings in most of these stories were documented by seeing the actual electric and gas bills go down. All of the situations were apparently invisible to the building operating and maintenance staffs, but readily apparent to the severely trained energy engineer. Stories also include a few where a well meaning, but misunderstanding, operating person inadvertently defeated “the best laid plans of mice and men” resulting in huge extra costs on the energy bills. The series of stories illustrates the importance of actually going out to look at the equipment using the energy and talking to the actual people operating them.
Thomas, D. (2002). Funny Energy Stories. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from