Why Would I Reduce My Energy Consumption?
Many USU students and employees do not pay their energy bills on campus, but they are using energy. Our energy consumption contributes to the Cache Valley's air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. Practice habits that will improve air quality in Logan and save money that you'd rather seen spent elsewhere.
Are Prizes Involved?
- Each week of the Energy Wars the top residence area will get a weekly prize, like cookies or hot chocolate.
- At the end of the month, the top area will get a food event. Think waffles for breakfast or ice cream in the afternoon.
- The top area at the end of the challenge will get a trophy and $500 in their activity budget (enough for a dance party)!
- At the end of each month, the top building will get a food event. Hot chocolate, coffee, and bagels or donuts.
How Do You Decide Which Building Wins?
Since each building is unique with different numbers of students and different amenities, each hall will compete against its average energy consumption baseline. The area that reduces its consumption by the largest percentage compared to the last two years will win in housing. Academic buildings, likewise, will compete base on their percentage reduction from a baseline.
What Can I Do?
Save energy in the small things you do. Small changes by many people in the hall add up to big changes. Make some changes, and ask your friends to join.
- Turn off the lights and electronics when not in use.
- Unplug electronics when they're not in use.
- Use natural lighting.
- Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs in lamps.
- Take the stairs.
- Dress for the weather and adjust the thermostat.
- Take shorter showers to reduce energy used to heat hot water.
- Wash clothes in cold water in full loads.
- Skip the dryer.
- Report res hall energy inefficiencies to the desk, e.g. drafty windows or doors.