Energy-intensive hoods

Surprising energy fact: a single ordinary laboratory fume hood uses as much electricity as three typical American households. A building full of labs can use as much energy as a small town.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

6 thoughts on “Energy-intensive hoods”

  1. Energy intensive or not, it is better than breathing stong acids and carcinogens.

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  3. The presence of fume hoods doesn’t necessarily imply that people aren’t breathing in nasty things, just that much of the nasty things are being redistributed from inside the room to outside the building where the fume hoods emit. In addition, universities are exempt from the rules which require organisations to publish information about what they are emitting into the air, so that those in the vicinity do not know what they’re being exposed to.

  4. Sarah,

    Are there any sort of mandatory filtration systems for air being expelled from university fumehoods?

  5. I don’t know the answer to that but I’ll try to remember to ask people who might know.

  6. Couldn’t they shut down the airflow through the hoods when they are closed? Or at least reduce it a lot?

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