Energy Dashboard Program

Project Overview

The UMass Amherst Energy Dashboard: http://www.bedashboard.com/kiosk/20

This pilot program was designed to keep students involved and aware of their effect on the environment. The Dashboard Program works around the concept that institutions consistently waste energy and resources.

A multitude of research shows that schools can save five to ten percent of their utility budget through behavioral change, such as shutting off lights and eliminating phantom loads. For this reason, UMass is focusing on not just infrastructural changes, but behavioral changes as well. If everyone on campus alters their daily habits to use a little less energy, the University will save a significant amount of money and reduce its overall negative impacts on the environment.

In an effort to encourage students to modify their behavior, the Energy Dashboard Program will place monitors in all residence halls that monitor students’ electricity, steam and water usage. All of the data is presented in “real time,” which illustrates the amount of energy used in each category at the very moment it is viewed.

A two week history of energy consumption is also present on the Dashboard system. The objective is to keep students aware of their consumption, and in time, reduce it.

Seven touch screen 42" monitors will be installed around campus that will display the UMass Amherst Energy Kiosk and energy data of 82 buildings on campus.  To view the energy kiosk online you can go here: http://www.bedashboard.com/kiosk/20.  The dashboards will also feature the Green Games Residence Hall Compeitiion Score Board.  The Green Games were launched during the Spring semester of 2012 and includes sustainability awareness through social media and energy and waste reduction challenges. It currently involves 23 residence halls grouped into 6 cluster teams, representing over 9,000 student residents in campus residential life.  The Green Games Score Board can also be found here: http://www.bedashboard.com/GreenGames/Competition/5.