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:

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 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!

Winter Weather

  • 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 (, 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 and 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.


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