Did you know that lab spaces consume anywhere from
4 to 20 times the energy of a typical office space?
Once you know a little more about the kilowatts that are being pulled from the average lab's collection of equipment and hoods, it can be daunting to think of where to begin. No worries - there are actions EVERY lab can take to save energy, and Green Labs is here to help you every step of the way.
Fume Hood Hibernation
Fume hoods, and the energy that they use to keep you safe while working with dangerous substances in the lab, are likely one of the most energy intensive pieces of equipment in your research space. Often times, lab groups will have access to more hoods than they need at that phase of their research.
If you feel that your group has a hood that is not in use, let us know! It only takes 2 minutes to get the ball rolling!
This is a fast, free process which basically puts your hood on pause; however, the hood can be brought back online for use easily, and the process costs nothing to the department or the PI.
Eversource, Inc (our local energy supplier) has made large strides in recent years to increase their support to academic and industrial institutions in the Cambridge area. They partnered with MassSave, and are taking applications for purchase rebates for both initial purchase and replacement equipment in the following categories:
ULT Freezers - click to learn more and apply online!
Biosafety Cabinets (case by case basis)
*Replacement purchases are eligible for more of a financial incentive than new equipment purchases!!
One of the easiest ways to save energy with zero personal effort is to install an outlet timer on the peices of equipment that you know aren't often used during off-peak hours.
Great examples of common equipment (110V, 15A max) to put on a timer include:
Green Labs is excited to announce the availability of FREE outlet timers to labs who complete a LEAC assessment! CLICK HERE to start the process!
After we analyze the energy use in your lab, we'll give you advice on the instruments that will save the most kilowatts if they can sleep while you are sleeping!