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War of the Watts

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Spring 2020 War of the Watts: 2/24 - 3/9

Coming Soon!

Check back soon for the results from the first week of the competition! 

What is War of the Watts?

The Eco-Reps, MWCE, and Facilities Management collaborate on the annual War of the Watts competition; Mount Holyoke's inter-hall electricity conservation competition!

This semester, the competition will run for two weeks from November 4th through the 18th. If you have questions or would like to organize a War of the Watts event in your residence hall, email the Eco-Reps.

How do you win?

With the help of Facilities Management, we will be reading the building energy meters in each residence hall over the duration of the competition. The residence hall that reduces its electricity use the most as compared to the measurements we obtained during the baseline week before the competition wins!

What do you win?

Each semester, the Eco-Reps host a celebratory event for the winning residence hall. This semester, we will be throwing an Eco-Friendsgiving pie party during M&Cs in the winning hall! All types of dietary options will be provided.

What can your hall 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 residence hall room.

Tip #2 — Turn off your computer, printer, etc. when not in use. Turn off the power strip too to reduce phantom energy loads.

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 — If you are able, 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.” -

Tip #6 — Chargers are sneaky energy drains. They waste energy just from being hooked up to the wall. So unplug them when you aren't charging!

For More Energy Saving Information —

Saving Energy at Mount Holyoke
Energy MythBusters
Shrink Your Water Footprint

Competing Halls

  • 1837
  • Abbey
  • Brigham
  • Buckland
  • Creighton
  • Dickinson
  • Ham
  • MacGregor
  • North and South Mandelle
  • Mead
  • Pearsons
  • Pearsons Annex (given the small size of Pearsons Annex, and therefore advantage of organizing a team effort, when Pearsons Annex wins, we celebrate the achievement of both the Annex and the second place hall)
  • Porter
  • Prospect
  • North and South Rockefeller
  • Safford
  • Torrey
  • Wilder

Fall 2019
First: Pearsons, 37% reduction
Second: Pearsons Annex, 11% reduction

Spring 2019
First: 1837 & Wilder (tied 10% reduction)
Second: Safford (8% reduction)

Fall 2018
First: Pearsons (14% reduction)
Second: Buckland (11% reduction)

Spring 2018
First: Safford (13.4% reduction)
Second: Pearsons
Third: Porter and Wilder (tie)

Fall 2017
First: Pearsons Annex (17.6% reduction)
Second: Pearsons (13.8% reduction)
Third: Wilder (12.9% reduction)

Spring 2017
First: Wilder (36.5% reduction)
Second: Dickinson
Third: Mead

Fall 2016
First: 1837 (11.4% reduction)
Second: Safford
Third: Mandelles