A feature in University Business details how universities across the country, from private liberal arts colleges to full-sized state schools, are working to reduce energy waste with cost-effective strategies. This trend has numerous benefits, including preparing the next generation of homeowners with tools for sustainable living. The push for sustainability on college campuses also benefits schools financially, and the any opportunity to reduce costs in the age of dwindling education budgets is a lifesaver.
Reduced waste in dormitories
College dorms consume water at an accelerated rate because each building's water delivery system is taxed daily by the needs of hundreds of young people. Water use can range from sporadic during sleeping and class hours to high volume during weekends and mornings before class. These demands require colleges to service multiple, industrial sized water heaters in an attempt to meet the dormitory's peak demand. Alternatively, colleges can invest in tankless water heaters that provide on-demand hot water. This feature allows campuses to reduce costs by heating up water when it is needed rather than constantly heating an entire dormitory's worth of hot water.
Simple compliance for new labs
Research universities are also a common source of utility waste. Thankfully, laboratories are a perfect spot to deploy resource-saving tankless water heaters. Top-tier tankless water heaters also perform as UPC compliance solutions for eyewash stations and emergency showers, per the requirements listed under subheading ANSI Z358.1. Schools can avoid the hassle of retrofitting aging water heaters for safely compliance by simply replacing them with an out-of-the-box solution.
Tankless water heaters can also act as a supplement in buildings where sustainable technology has already been deployed. The University of California Los Angeles, for instance, utilizes solar power to reduce the cost of water heating. However, this strategy is ineffective on cloudy days, creating a need for efficient tankless hot water heaters to fill the gap.
Dining hall sink solutions
Large dining halls are common sight on college campuses, and these facilities utilize quite a bit of resources to keep students fed and healthy. Schools can offset some of that consumption with strategic use of tankless water heaters. For example, sinks in food court kitchens must be heated accurately to keep hands clean and to prevent burns. A tankless water heater is capable of delivering accurate water temperatures within the range of a single degree, ensuring that the school's restaurants are always operating at maximum productivity.