Some Like It Hot—And Some Want to Save Energy and Money

Graph showing Global Mean Surface Temperature, January-July 2016

Have we squandered our natural resources beyond the point of no return? NOAA has monthly recorded record high temps across the planet for more than a year. It can’t all be blamed on El Niño. NASA scientists at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies reported that the first six months of 2016 were the warmest since they started keeping records in 1880. Deke Arndt, the head of the climate monitoring division at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, told Scientific American, about the rising surface temperature, “We’ve left the 20th century far behind. This is a big deal.”

Graph showing Global Mean Surface Temperature, January-July 2016

The 2015 Stanford University plug-load study speaks to the concern the scientific community has about how we can conserve resources. Lead researcher Moira Hafer found that lab equipment used 50% of the plug load energy measured in the study, and computers and monitors used 36%. The other six categories—Kitchen and Breakroom, Office Occupant Comfort, Printers and Scanners, Audio/Video, Gym and Training Equipment, and Laundry Equipment—were together responsible for the remaining 19%.

Non-profit My Green Lab conducted a in-depth study of plug-load, focusing on labs:

Like Hafer, My Green Lab found autoclaves consumed a lot of energy — but do they have to? By designing specifically for laboratory use—instead of simply repurposing medical autoclaves for the lab—we can create huge energy and cost savings. Priorclave autoclaves are designed specifically for research and are extremely water and energy efficient. Rising global temperatures—and rising energy costs—demand action to conserve resources, and Priorclave makes it their mission to provide the most efficient lab sterilizers possible.

[Image credit: NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies]

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