The University of Salford has achieved a six month payback on installing air conditioning controls in some of its buildings.
The controls were installed following an audit of buildings around the university campus to identify the layout and occupancy of the rooms and the type of air conditioning units in use.
The library was chosen as despite it only being occupied 50 per cent of the time had the air conditioning running 24 hours a day.
University of Salford Energy Manager Matteo Littera said: “The savings made by installing the controls was very quick. We’ve already seen a reduction in our energy use as a result. The return on investment will be about six months.
“I’d certainly recommend other organisations and businesses install the controls.”
The air conditioning controls were installed in university buildings comprising offices and the main library. A total of 33 Air-Economiser Prima controls were fitted to help reduce energy costs, carbon emissions and minimise operational costs.
Samantha Flavell, Climateq sales and marketing manager said: “The Air-Economiser Prima is designed to turn off air conditioning units once the room is unoccupied.
“We knew the return on investment would be quick on this product as there’s a lot of buildings that have air conditioning units installed but operate in empty rooms. Our controls ensure that rooms can be set at the right temperature when occupied and units are turned off when people leave, reducing wasteful energy costs.”