The University of Georgia Costa Rica 2014-2015 Sustainability Report UGA Costa Rica 2014 - 2015 Sustainability Report - Page 17

UGACR Average Monthly Electricity Consumption (kWh) 2012 10,589 2011 10,709 4,000 9,325 6,000 2014 2015 6,882 8,000 9,054 10,000 10,288 12,000 2,000 0 There are important environmental and economic benefits of using LED bulbs over CFL and incandescent bulbs. bulbs, UGA Costa Rica avoids the issue of disposing of CFL bulbs that contain mercury, a chemical that can be transported through 2010 water and accumulate in marine organisms. In 2007, UGA Costa Rica developed an Energy Savings Plan to manage energy-associated costs and direct consumption behaviors. During months of high occupancy from January to August, UGACR maintains a goal of consuming no more than 15,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per month. During the low occupancy months, September to December, this goal is adjusted to 10,000 kWh hours per month. Although average monthly electricity consumption has increased from 2010 – 2015 (see above graph), this does not necessarily mean the campus is not increasing its energy efficiency. Since 2010, the campus has expanded its operations significantly, constructing a new 2013 On average, 10,589 kWh of electricity are consumed each month on the UGACR campus. faculty residence (equipped with ENERGY STAR appliances), new “casitas” for interns and resident naturalists to live in, a GIS lab, and new bungalow residence buildings, in addition to many other projects. These buildings all consume electricity and contribute to the increase in monthly average electricity consumption. Between 2010 – 2015, the campus has expanded operations while still, on average, meeting its electricity consumption goals laid out in the 2007 energy savings plan. In several years when more data is available, we will truly be able to determine how UGA Costa Rica has managed to balance energy consumption with increased campus development. 2014 – 2015 Sustainability Report 17