LabSYNC Points P-1 and P-6

Problem: Most laboratory equipment is not supplied with energy efficient features because scientists rarely ask for them.

Solution: Academic laboratories comprise ~40% of the scientific market, so universities have some power to change the market. When purchasing equipment ask for efficient features, such as installed timers on autoclave heaters or ovens or even computers and printers. Have the sales rep hunt for you. If they find something near your price range, buy it.

Benefits: Demand will shift the market. Should you purchase products with energy-saving features, you will save a significant amount in energy costs.

Cost: EE models will likely have higher first costs. Your campus energy manager or Southern California Edison may give you a rebate.