This year for Campus Sustainability Week, GT Housing, Campus Services, and the Office of Campus Sustainability are hosting an energy reduction challenge between campus residence halls. During the week of October 24th, residence halls will compete to see who can reduce their energy use the most (in comparison to their own energy consumption the week prior to the start of the competition). The winning residence hall will be celebrated with a socially distanced fall party, featuring apple cider, donuts, and more!
Daily updates on progress will be shared below, so make sure to check back during the week to see how your hall is doing!
Here are a few quick tips to reduce your energy use:
- Use an LED in your desk lamp and turn off all lights when not in use. LEDs are 90% more efficient that incandescent bulbs and 15% more efficient than fluorescent ones.
- Take shorter showers and wash your laundry in cold water. The heating of water uses a lot of energy, reducing your shower by one minute will save 1,355 watts - the equivalent of 249 iphone charges!
Power down or unplug electronics when not in use. The average dorm room consumes 30.2 percent of its electrical energy while you and your roommates aren’t there, according to one study. That’s because appliances continue to draw power from electrical outlets even when turned off or idle. A power strip or surge protector helps avoid this: You can plug all your appliances and devices into it, then easily stop them from drawing power with one switch.
Conserve heating and cooling. Heating and cooling are the single biggest source for dorm power usage, and if your room has individual temperature control, you can set it a few degrees higher to help cut back on how much energy the cooling system uses. Never leave a window open when an air conditioner (or heater) is running, and on hot, sunny days, keeping the blinds or curtains closed will block many of the sun’s warming rays. In the winter, this will help keep the cold out, too. Year round, report broken windows, cracks in doorways, or any damaged thermostat controls to the university maintenance department.
You can help make Georgia Tech more sustainable!