Yesterday was the first day of summer work for me and a few other workers for the town. We started off by setting up Ubuntu, a computer operating system, on our laptops for future use. After that, Anil gave us an intro on energy usage by detailing where the school uses the most energy and the sources of energy that we use. We learned that although the school uses more energy in heat, we still pay more money for our electricity bill because the conversion of natural gas to electricity is inefficient. We ended the day by looking around at the power grids around the school. Tomorrow, we plan on meeting Dwayne, the plant and facilities manager.
Today we worked on using excel some more to further analyze some of the data that we have. Much of the time today was spent graphing the amounts of kW used during the day to get an idea of how much energy we are using and getting more familiar with excel. I also worked on graphing and analyzing the total energy trends for one week as well as that of the largest consumer, which was the lighting in the school. Anil plans to share these with the rest of the class. In addition, we also visited the boiler room to learn more about how the water in our school is treated and transferred around. Although Dwayne couldn't come today, we plan on meeting with him tomorrow to go over more things in the boiler room.