Smart Strips Study Phase 1 Completed

Current and Potential Cost Savings from SS Program
Current and Potential Cost Savings from SS Program

December 14th, 2021

With support from WSU’s Revolving Energy Fund (REF) and NEEA’s BetterBricks Program, the ID+CL has completed the first phase of implementing a tenant engagement program designed to help building occupants on the WSU Pullman campus manage their personal comfort while learning strategies to save energy while on campus.

Project Goals:

  1. Reduce energy use and costs at WSU: inform, educate, and empower occupants to help reduce their personal energy use and encourage their peers to be more conscious of wasted energy on campus.
  2. Sustainable Community at WSU: Foster the development of a social and active building culture that inspires community sustainability in meaningful ways.
  3. Health and Well-being of WSU building occupants: empower occupants to take control of their physical and mental health, comfort, and well-being.
  • Each device plugged into the Smart Strip was inventoried and individually metered
  • Smart Strip settings were adjusted to each individual’s work schedule (e.g., 7:00 AM-6:00 PM)
  • Participants were given $4.00 in Ferdinand’s gift cards, a brief overview of how to change their settings, and an instructional booklet.
  • Data were entered into Excel and then calculations were done to determine project energy savings based on real measured data and additional research.
  • So far, 60 smart strips have been installed, and we will have 100 installed by June.

See below for our intermediate and projected cost-savings from this project.

Intermediate and projected cost savings from Smart Strip Program
Pictured above, you can see our intermediate and projected cost savings from Smart Strip Program.