War of the Watts

The Eco-Reps, the Green Living Council and Facilities Management bring you War of the Watts, Mount Holyoke's new inter-hall electricity conservation competition. The residence hall that reduces its electricity use the most wins an exclusive Nutella Snack Bar event featuring special guest President Lynn Pasquerella.

Chart your hall’s progress here or on facebook.com/mhcecoreps

Who will win?

The residence hall (or combined halls) that have the greatest electricity use reduction over the three weeks of February 8th through the 28th. Energy use each week will be compared to the baseline use in the hall (or combined halls) from February 1st through 7th.

Competing Halls

  • 1837
  • Abbey
  • Brigham
  • Buckland
  • Creighton
  • Dickinson
  • Ham
  • MacGregor
  • North and South Mandelle
  • Mead
  • Pearsons & Pearsons Annex     
  • Porter
  • Prospect
  • North and South Rockefeller
  • Safford
  • Torrey
  • Wilder

What can we do to win?

Tip #1 — Turn off lights and computers when you leave a room and in common areas.
Lights are the largest consumer of electricity in a typical dorm room.

Tip #2 — Turn of your computer, printer, etc. when not in use.

Tip #3 — Adjust your mini-fridge’s temperature to the middle range to save energy.
Or better yet, share fridge space with friends, and unplug a fridge!

Tip #4 — Give the elevators a break.
Think of all the energy they take! Plus, walking is faster than waiting.

Tip #5 — Use the “BRIGHTS” cold-water setting when you do laundry!
“Water heating consumes about 90% of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer. Unless you’re dealing with oily stains, washing in cold water will generally do a good job of cleaning.”   -Energystar.gov

Tip #6 — Chargers are sneakier than Draco Malfoy.
They waste energy just from being hooked up to the wall. So unplug or “eat slugs!”

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