Rising energy costs are not just a problem for private households: they also have an impact on the budget of public institutions. The changes to energy policy that occurred as far back as 2013 led to significant increases to the core energy-related outgoings of Technische Universität Braunschweig. As a result, a working group convened at TU Braunschweig almost ten years ago to work on budgeting for energy costs and identify potential areas for savings.
Compared to the situation in 2013, TU Braunschweig now uses 14% less district heating and 20% less electricity, making the University a trailblazer among higher education institutions in Lower Saxony. This winter, TU Braunschweig has set itself the target of cutting its energy consumption by a further 20%. The German federal government has provided a suitable guideline for this in the form of its Verordnung zur Sicherung der Energieversorgung über kurzfristig wirksame Maßnahmen (Ordinance on energy saving using short term measures). In addition, the state government of Lower Saxony has introduced a range of measures [in German only] aiming to rapidly and significantly reduce energy consumption in its properties and buildings.
These strategies form the basis for the new central energy-saving measures at TU Braunschweig. The University already generates over 1,000 kWp with its own solar PV systems. This is actually equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of around 220 households. Considerable savings are also being achieved by means of the upgrading of the ventilation systems in the laboratory buildings. But to ensure that our new measures are fully effective, we need to rely on the cooperation of our students and staff members.
Signs to save energy
Lecture finished? Turn off equipment! Switch off the lights! - You can find these and other energy-saving tips in the bilingual poster series for print.