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Green Tip: Take Time to Study Monthly Utility Bill

It has been said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” We do a lot of measuring in the Penn College environment, whether we are students, instructors or administrators. The data to measure our energy use comes with each utility bill (as a result of metering) and can be seen in several different forms. Most obvious is the graph of your past year’s energy use from the utility. Often, you also can find comparisons of annual use for the current and past year, as well as a comparison of the average temperature this year and last. By noticing trends in usage, you can think about what in your behavior/appliances is increasing or decreasing the amount of energy you are using. PCToday “Green Tips,” practical suggestions to help the college community save energy and money, are provided by the Energy Conservation Subcommittee; email Chairman Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, with items for possible publication.

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