Campus energy contest launches Feb. 19

A seven-week contest to see which residence hall can best reduce its electricity use begins Feb. 19 at College Coffee. The first ever POWER Less Energy Competition is designed to improve energy habits while making a positive impact on the planet.

Paul Holt, the maintenance control manager for Elon University, shows off a new electrical sub-meter that will allow students in eight campus residence halls to monitor their building’s power use in real time via the web.
Forty residence halls will take part in the competition. Physical Plant has already measured baseline energy readings from sub-meters on buildings across campus.

Students in the residence facility that saves the highest percentage of energy compared to its baseline win environmentally green T-shirts with their building name. The area will win a custom-made oak trophy with an optical crystal figurine lit by an L.E.D. array and powered by a built-in hand crank generator (green energy).
The trophy will continue to be passed from winner to winner in subsequent years. Officials said the contest is in line with efforts to reduce campus energy use by 6 percent.
Eight residence halls will be able to view their energy consumption in real time. Web meters have power use for Carolina, Virginia/West, Colclough, Chandler, Sloan, HBB, Smith and Maynard residence halls updated online. Weekly results will be posted to E-net, with a “tip of the week” for reducing electricity usage.
For more information on the competition, come out to College Coffee in the Moseley Center from 9:40-10:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Read more about the competition by clicking on the link below.