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Energy Consumption and Usage Reduction in Lecture Halls, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Version 1 : Received: 28 June 2021 / Approved: 29 June 2021 / Online: 29 June 2021 (08:44:05 CEST)

How to cite: Nimoh, P.; Duah, D.; Marful, A. Energy Consumption and Usage Reduction in Lecture Halls, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Preprints 2021, 2021060694 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0694.v1). Nimoh, P.; Duah, D.; Marful, A. Energy Consumption and Usage Reduction in Lecture Halls, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Preprints 2021, 2021060694 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0694.v1).

Abstract

All over the world energy is used for different purposes and hence its continuous high demand which has brought about an increase in crisis and prices of energy. Ghana has faced a lot of supply and high electricity consumption challenges over a period of time. The Energy Commission of Ghana has developed regulations and guidelines to help reduce high consumption challenges among users, these included the replacement of incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, ban of importation of low energy efficient appliances. In spite of the effort to reduce electricity wastage, there is still a high increase in electricity consumption. The research investigated what contributed to electricity consumption in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with the lecture halls as the main focus, the research also analyzed the current occupant behavior characterized by the electrical energy consumption practices. And investigated how the contemporary theories for reducing energy consumption was used in the lecture halls. A questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate occupants on their energy use practices in lecture halls that causes wastages, observation was made to establish relevant data on the use of contemporary theories for energy reduction in lecture halls. In a total of 110 occupants that responded to the questionnaire, 79 occupants almost always turn off electrical fitting and fixtures when not in use. From the responses, a majority of the occupants claimed to comply to best practices of energy use. The research concluded that some contemporary theories to reduce energy consumptions was not used and considered in the lecture halls.

Subject Areas

Electric energy; Occupant behavior; energy efficiency; lecture halls

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