Energy Consumption

In FY2018, Boston University’s total energy consumption was 1,742,000 MMBtus including electricity, natural gas, heating oil, and steam.

Since FY 2006, the University has reduced its Campus Energy Use Intensity (EUI) from 150 kBtu/sf in FY 2006 to 130 kBtu/sf in FY2018. The improvements in efficiency have been gained through a complete renovation of the University’s central heating plant, ventilation, heating and cooling system upgrades and commissioning, lighting projects, and lamp replacement programs.

Energy demand reduction is the most important issue within the University’s sustainability efforts for a host of reasons. Energy efficiency improves air quality and reduces CO2 emissions, which contribute to climate change. Efficiency reduces operating costs and exposure to market volatility, which contributes to the financial strength of the University. In order to most effectively address cost and emissions, we must first focus on energy efficiency. Every day Facilities Management & Operation’s electrical and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning trades staff are installing and maintaining more energy efficient equipment.

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Photo credit Kalman Zabarsky

Since 2008 the University has completed a major upgrade to the East Campus Central Plant, building automation upgrades, and lighting retrofits. Facilities Management & Planning has replaced over 26,000 fixtures with LEDs since 2011 equating to over 9.4 million kWh of savings annually.