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Ali Knaak Honors Research Project Fall 2009. To discover the most effective changes that can be implemented in a home to minimize environmental impact.

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1 Ali Knaak Honors Research Project Fall 2009

2 To discover the most effective changes that can be implemented in a home to minimize environmental impact while still considering budgetary constraints Collect and clearly report information on how specific investments effect energy bills and environmental impact; specifically the carbon footprints use the data collected to educate the public and students at Presbyterian College about energy and sustainability

3 Current Energy Sources Alternate Energy Sources Current Energy Usage Alternate Energy Usage

4 30 year pay off time period set Seven years is the standard for average homeowner Inflation http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper1001/stills/3s8k397f.jpg

5 Ways to analyze the environmental impact are various and vast Our definition only accounts for the carbon emitted during manufacturing and use 1kg of carbon = $0.2 http://s3.amazonaws.com/l.thumbs.canstockphoto.com/canstock0415172.jpg

6 Piedmont Municipal Power Agency Catawba Nuclear Station, Lake Wylie, SC Impact of nuclear power Impact of coal power

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8 Heater and Air Conditioner Computers Refrigerator Copier Light Bulbs Insulation Windows Solar Panels Awnings

9 Current Component: 6 of Loose Fill Fiberglass Insulation (R-15) Green Component: 6 more of Loose Fill Fiberglass Insulation (R-34) Financial Impact: Environmental Impact: Recommendation: Do not purchase more insulation for the house

10 Current Component: Kyocera KM- C3225E Green Component: Kyocera Copier KM-C4035E Financial Impact: Environmental Impact: Recommendation: Only purchase a new copier when the lifetime of the current one has ended

11 For Changing the Power Setting: Financial Impact: Environmental Impact: None Recommendation: Immediately change the power setting on the current copier

12 Current Energy Source: Nuclear Power, Catawba Nuclear Station Green Energy Source: SunPower SPR-210 solar panels Full Solar Financial Impact: Full Solar Environmental Impact: Partial Solar Financial Impact: Partial Solar Environmental Impact: Recommendation: Purchase solar panels only if the objective is education

13 Amount of sunlight passing through the windows for each month Orientation of the home Intensity of the sunlight http://www.makeyourhomeenergyefficient.com/images/window-awning.jpg

14 Current Component: No awnings Green Component: Individual awnings with specific dimension for each size window and side of the house Financial Impact: Environmental Impact: None Recommendation: Purchase awnings for all windows if budget allows

15 ComponentFinancial Impact Environmental Impact Overall Heating Pump Computers Copier Refrigerator Light Bulbs Windows Insulation Solar Panels Awnings

16 Budget: $1,000 Purchase: 12 compact fluorescent light bulbs, 3 computers Cost: $986.55 Changes: Change setting on copier

17 Budget: $10,000 Option 1: Purchase: 12 compact fluorescent light bulbs, awnings,10 computers Cost: $3,667.55 Option 2: Purchase: heating pump, 10 computers Cost: $10, 595

18 Budget: $100,000 Purchase: double-pane windows, 10 computers, heating pump, 12 compact fluorescent light bulbs, awnings, solar panels Cost: $62,444.75

19 Piedmont Municipal Power Agency grant Moorefield house Computer program

20 Dr. Chad Rodekohr for overseeing and directing Spencer Hardee and Dr. Josh Peterson for their assistance All the workers of the Moorefield house for their cooperation

21 Current Component: Single- paned Windows Green Component: Double- paned Windows Financial Impact: Environmental Impact: Recommendation: Purchase all new windows for the house if budget allows

22 Current Component: 18.2 cu. ft. Top Freezer Green Component: Energy Star rated Kenmore 18.2 cu. ft. Top Freezer Financial Analysis: Environmental Analysis: Recommendation: Purchase a new refrigerator only when the lifetime of the current one has ended

23 Current Component: Heil Heater and Air Conditioner Green Component: Heating Pump Financial Analysis: Environmental Analysis: Recommendation: Purchase heating pump if budget allows

24 Current Component: 12 Incandescent 60W bulbs Green Component: 12 Compact Fluorescent 14W Bulbs Financial Impact: Environmental Impact: Recommendation: Purchase compact fluorescent light bulbs immediately for the house

25 Current Component: 10 desktop computers of various types Green Component: 10 Dell Optiplex 360 desktop computers Financial Analysis: Environmental Analysis: Recommendation: Purchase computers if possible for any budget


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