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Fall Energy Competition
Fall Energy Competition October 1-31
Date and TimeSaturday, October 26, 2019
The Energy Competition is between all Housing buildings on campus. The building/community with the lowest energy use for the month of October based on a three year average will win a prize for that building.
Energy Saving Tips:
- Dress for the weather and set your thermostat to the lowest possible comfortable setting. On cold nights, put an extra blanket on the bed and turn down your thermostat even more.
- Don’t leave windows open if the cooling and heating units are operating.
- Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower can save up to 5 percent on heating and cooling costs for each one-degree difference.
- Don’t block the airflow around vents. Keep furniture and other bulky items away from the heating and cooling units so they don’t block and/or absorb the warm (or cool) air that should be coming into the room.
- Turn off lights and all electronics (like computers, televisions, stereos, and video games) when you leave a room.
- Plug electronics into a power strip and turn it off when not in use to save in energy costs. Even when you think these products are off, together, their “standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.
- Avoid parasitic energy loads. Even when turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.
- Laptops use less energy than desktop computers.
- Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode instead of using a screen saver during periods of inactivity.
- Open your blinds or curtains during the day on sunny winter days and let the sun shine in.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load
- Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle and let your dishes air-dry. You'll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen.
- Wash full loads of clothes when possible. When smaller loads are necessary, use less water.
- Use the microwave instead of the oven for cooking your meals.
- Keeping the freezer full uses less energy than an empty one. Consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
- Opening the oven door while cooking can cause the temperature to drop as much as 25 degrees.
- Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you.
- Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.
- Turn off kitchen and bath fans immediately after use.
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