War of the Watts

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 October 22-November 2, 2018. The residence hall that reduces its electricity use the most, wins! The Eco-Reps host a celebratory event for the winning residence hall. If you have questions or would like to organize a War of the Watts event in your residence hall, email the Eco-Reps

Wilder Hall

Wilder Hall,
First place winner tied with 1837 Spring 2019

How you win?

The residence hall (or combined halls) that have the greatest electricity use reduction over the two week competition. Energy use during the two competition weeks is compared to the use in the hall (or combined halls) from a pre-measured baseline week. 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.

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

Spring 2019 Winners

First: 1837 & Wilder (tie) - 10% decrease

Second: Safford - 8% decrease

Fall 2018 Winners

First: Pearsons - 14% decrease

Second: Buckland - 11% decrease

Spring 2018 Winners

First: Safford (13.4% reduction)

Second: Pearsons

Third: Porter and Wilder (tie)

Fall 2017 Winners

First: Pearsons Annex (17.6% reduction) 

Second: Pearsons (13.8% reduction)

Third: Wilder (12.9% reduction)

Spring 2017 Winners

First: Wilder (36.5% reduction)

Second: Dickinson

Third: Mead

2016 Winners

First: 1837 (11.4% reduction)

Second: Safford

Third: Mandelles

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

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