During the fall semester, students compete on behalf of their residence hall to reduce energy use by at least 10% compared to the same month in previous years. In doing so, Kill-A-Watt raises awareness about energy, environment, and sustainability.
Starting on October 16th, 2013 and continuing for one month, students will work together to reduce their collective energy consumption. The competition will start that day with a light-bulb exchange in each participating hall. Students will exchange their incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs in lobbies of participating halls.
THREE WAYS TO WIN:
1. Halls that achieve a 10% reduction over the month (Oct 16-Nov 27) are granted bragging rights as Kill-A-Watt Energy Saving Winners! The hall with the most savings will claim the KAW trophy and enjoy a victory party! This award is available to halls that are being monitored (see below).
2. Students in any hall can win $50-100 prizes! Create a video or write a paragraph describing how you personally saved energy (i.e., on an individual basis), by answering the question “What did you do in the dark?” Submit your video or paragraph to our Facebook page.
3. Students in any hall can earn Enthusiasm Points, and the hall with the most cumulative points at the end of the competition wins the Kill-A-Watt Enthusiasm Award along with other prizes.
HOW TO EARN ENTHUSIASM POINTS:
- Attend Kill-A-Watt events! This is the easiest way to earn points for your hall.
- Reach out to Kill-A-Watt for more information by emailing [email protected]. Make sure to mention which hall you represent!
- Participate in our video competition: make a YouTube video which highlights how you save energy, then submit a link to your video on our Facebook page. The video with the most likes will earn the most points.
- Exchange your incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent bulb at our Light Bulb Exchange on October 16-17th in the lobbies of participating halls.
- Like us on Facebook and post which hall you represent along with how you save energy in your hall.
- Participate in our Paint the Town Black campaign each Friday night of the competition. Why are the lights left on in campus buildings all weekend? Travel to campus buildings or common areas of your resdience hall and turn off as many lights as possible. Request a signup sheet by emailing [email protected]. In order to earn points for your hall you must notify us of the event beforehand, then send us the sign up sheet and a list of the halls/buildings you covered.
- Hold a Zero Energy Hour each Sunday night. All you have to do is hold an event in your hall on Sunday in a common area and have residents turn off as many appliances and lights in their room as possible during that hour. Request a signup sheet by emailing [email protected]. In order to earn points for your hall you must notify us of the event beforehand, then send us the sign up sheet and a description of the event.
- Hold your own event:
- In order to earn points, a Kill-A-Watt planning team member must be notified of the event beforehand (so we can join in!) and a sign-in sheet of participants should be turned in to the planning team member at the event.
- Host an Energy Addicts Anonymous meeting in your hall to discuss why we are so dependent on energy today and why this might be problematic.
- Show a film/documentary that relates to energy, or host a viewing of a football game or sporting event in a common area (save energy by using one TV instead of many).
- Host a Zero Energy Hour. Get as many people in your hall as you can to limit their energy use for one hour, either by turning off lights or using a combination of our energy-saving tips. See above.
- Hold an Eco-Fashion and Art Show.
Energy Monitored Halls in Kill-A-Watt 2013:
North Quad Alice Lloyd Helen Newberry Bursley
East Quad Couzens Bestsy Barbour Mary Markley
West Quad Mosher-Jordan Martha Cook Stockwell
If you live in a residence hall whose energy is not being monitored this year, you can STILL win the Kill-A-Watt Enthusiasm Award for participating in our events or individual cash prizes (see above)!