Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


This project consisted of performing an energy audit of Higgins Laboratory in order to address current electric consumption, and provide suggestions towards reducing future electric waste. At the conclusion of the audit, it was decided the first key step that needs to be taken is to develop an ongoing relationship with National Grid, in order to begin taking advantage of their incentive and payback programs for renovations and audits. All the incandescent bulbs should be replaced with LEDs and lighting levels across the building reduced. Occupancy sensors should be installed in all major rooms, and all computer control units should be equipped with a true shutoff mechanism. Conservative estimates on payback periods for the shutoff mechanism is under 5 months, and for the LEDs is 2 months.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering