War of the Watts

War of the Watts

The Eco-Reps, the Green Living Council and Facilities Management collaborate on the annual War of the Watts competition, Mount Holyoke's inter-hall electricity conservation competition. The residence hall that reduces its electricity use the most wins.  The winning residence hall received a prize!

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.

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

2017 Winner

Winner: Wilder (36.5% reduction)

Second: Dickinson

Third: Mead

2016 Winner

Winner: 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 your aren't charging!

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