A comprehensive energy conservation program was initiated in 1970 at the Bureau of Mines Bartlesville Energy Research Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to reduce operational costs. The primary thrust of this program included remodeling one laboratory building, optimizing control settings of main generators and absorption refrigeration units, adjusting fresh air makeup in building heating and air conditioning systems, adding ceiling insulation in several buildings, and reemphasizing routine window and door maintenance. The operational schedule of many cooling and heating units was altered to take advantage of the decreased load during nonworking hours, and changes were made in lighting and electrical equipment operation. The overall reduction of energy use was more than anticipated, and costs of operation, even with inflated fuel prices, show a net decrease. Because of the variation of weather conditions, changes in laboratory functions, and other intangibles, specific results of each measure implemented are estimated. However, accurate values of the total energy savings were documented and are described graphically.
Western Plant Eng. Conf., Am. Inst. of Plant Eng., Anaheim, California, 6/18-20/74, Pp 1-1-2 to 1-14-2