Miami University's Stoddard Hall won the third annual Unplugged competition with a nearly 83 percent reduction in energy use.
The monthlong competition among Miami residence halls during October (National Energy Conservation Month) encourages students to conserve energy by turning off lights and unplugging electronics when they are not in use. Results are compared to baseline energy use recorded per residence hall for October 2005, before the annual competition was implemented.
Unplugged 2008 saved the university $18,671 in energy costs, according to Alicia Glover, environmental education coordinator. Thompson Hall was first for total kilowatt-hours saved with a reduction of 22,629 kwh. Thompson Hall also won second place for percent reduction in energy use with a nearly 62 percent reduction from the 2005 baseline. Richard Hall was third with an approximately 47 percent reduction.
Tony Ferraro, energy management engineer, monitored and recorded the energy use of each residence hall on campus during the Unplugged competition. Final results of percent energy reduction and total kilowatt-hours saved per residence hall are available on the office of recycling Web site at http://www.pfd.muohio.edu/recycling/events/unplugged.jsp.
For more information, contact Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.