Annual Energy Competition
February 24 - March 17, 2014
Reduce your energy and water use. Compete on behalf of your hall to win the competition!
- $250 to Residence Hall who conserves the most electricity (kWh).
- $250 to First-Year Residence Hall who completes the most energy audits per resident.
How to check for competition updates:
- Updates will be posted:
- Outside of the Student Organization Suite
- On the Television in Valders
- On the Energy Competition Facebook Page
Residential Hall and Living Space Energy Conservation Tips
In order to help your hall conserve the most electricity, use some of these tips!
Computers, Lights and Electronics
- Utilize power strips to reduce the number of power outlets being used.
- Unplug electronics and power strips in your room when leaving over the weekend or breaks!
- Customize your computer settings regarding sleep mode and power usage to increase efficiency and reduce energy waste. Visit LIS for easy "how-to" tips on computers and other electronics.
- Use and install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in desk lamps when old bulbs burn out. Contact fixit.luther.edu to replace ceiling lights.
- Buy/request environmentally preferred products such as recycled paper, Energy Star appliances, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and compact fluorescent light bulbs- your voice and opinion matter!
- In the winter, keep your heat set to 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your thermostat set warmer is a waste of energy and money.
- Turn your heat down when you go to sleep and when leaving your room, most people sleep better cold than hot.
- Avoid blocking the radiators with desks and furniture.
- Keep your blinds open during the day to absorb sunlight (and minimize thermostat use), and shut the blinds at night to keep the warm air inside.
- If you have any problems with your heater, thermostat, windows, etc., don't hesitate to email fix-it (firstname.lastname@example.org), or check out the Luther College Facilities web page.
Personal Habits and Cleanliness
- Use cold water as opposed to hot water when washing clothes. This reduces energy use, cold water works great unless you have a terrible stain!
- Save time, money and energy by leaving your clothes to dry inside your room on a line or drying rack. Try placing this rack in the sun (near a window), or near your heater (in winter months) to maximize the utility of sunlight and heat energy already being generated.
- Turn off the water when washing hands and brushing teeth.
- Walk or bike to class from off-campus instead of driving, helps keep you healthy too!
- Check out sustainability transportation site to explore different transportation options!
- Bring a steel water bottle, mug, etc. to refill rather than purchasing countless plastic bottled waters.