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Energy Competition

Emory's annual campus-wide energy reduction competition runs from October 1 -31. Three prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded in the residential, research, and administrative/classroom categories to buildings with the greatest reduction in energy use compared compared to last October.

See below for the list of participating buildings.

Click here for an Energy Competition flyer to share with your colleagues, classmates, and friends.

Energy Saving Tips
1.Turn off computer or hibernate when not in use.
An LCD computer monitor on average uses 65.1 watts while on and only 1.38 watts while in sleep mode.

2.Turn off your computer when you’re not using it for more than 20 minutes.
An LCD computer monitor on average uses 65.1 watts while on.

3.Remember to unplug your laptop once it’s fully charged.
Up to 25% of electricity in schools is used by plug load. Plug load is anything that draws power from an electrical outlet. Many devices continue drawing electricity from the outlet even when they are turned off.

4.Unplug electronics when not in use, like coffee makers and chargers.
Up to 25% of electricity in schools is used by plug load. Plug load is anything that draws power from an electrical outlet. Many devices continue drawing electricity from the outlet even when they are turned off.

5.Turn off all lights whenever you leave a room.
About 26% of a building's electricity is used for lighting.

6.Switch to compact fluorescent of LED light bulbs
CFLs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent lightbulbs and last up to 10 times longer!

7.Use only the light that’s needed and avoid having more lights on than necessary.
About 26% of a building's electricity is used for lighting.

8. Always take the stairs; it’s good for you and the environment.
Walking up and down 3 flights of stairs instead of using an elevator saves 15 Watt-hours (Wh) a day or 450 Wh a month (enough to power a 37” Plasma TV for 3 hours), and burns about 18 kcal.

9.Keep the blinds down on a hot day and open during a cold day to conserve energy.
Keeping your blinds closed on hot days can save you 10-15% on summer cooling costs.

10. Make sure all doors and windows are properly closed.
Avoid making your heat and air-conditioning systems work harder than necessary!

11.Keep items such as curtains, away from air vents so the air can flow freely.
Having heat evenly distributed throughout your building is the most energy efficient form of heating, so avoid blocking or shutting vents.

12.Prompt your friends and colleagues to conserve energy as well.
The more of us doing our part, the bigger our impact!

13. Turn off projectors and computers after class or presentations.
An LCD computer monitor on average uses 65.1 watts while on and only 1.38 watts while in sleep mode.

14.Eliminate the use of screensavers on your computer.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), turning off the screensaver can save you from $25 to $75 a year on energy costs.

Residential Energy Saving Tips

1.When using your oven to cook a delicious meal, don’t open the door while your food is cooking
Opening the oven door can lower the temperature of the oven by 25 degrees, wasting energy and elongating your cooking time.

2.Avoid over-drying your clothes or drying them twice in the dryer.
Air drying your clothes could reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds a year.

3. When doing laundry try to air dry when possible.
Air drying your clothes could reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds a year.

4. When doing laundry, make sure you’re always doing a full load.
Doing a smaller load of wash uses just a bit less energy, but is much less energy efficient per garment washed.

5. Clean the lint filter in your dryer regularly; it helps it run more efficiently.
A clogged lint filter can increase drying time, and energy use, by 30%.

6. Always wash your clothes on cold to save the energy it takes to heat the water!
90% of the energy used by your washing machine is for heating the water to wash your clothes.

7.Always run the dishwasher with full load!
Washing a partial load is much less energy efficient per dish washed.

8.When using the dishwasher, set it to economy mode and let the dishes air dry
The heat drying elements in your dishwasher uses a large amount of energy.

9.Take cooler and shorter showers to save the energy it takes to heat water.
Hot showers use about 37% of the hot water in the average home and hot water can be responsible for up to 25% of energy use in your home.

10.Turn off kitchen and bath fans immediately after use.
You should use a fan in the bathroom for a few minutes after showering to avoid mildew issues, but turn it off shortly after your shower is over to avoid wasting energy.

11.Don’t blast the AC or heat on high, set temperatures to 76° for cooling a 68 for heating!
The U.S. uses more energy for cooling than Africa uses for all purposes.

12.Remember to always turn off the TV when you leave the room.
The average big screen plasma TV uses about 360 kWh of energy a year. Reduce this figure by turning the TV off when you’re not watching.

13.Study in the library instead of in empty lecture halls or classrooms.
The lights are already on in the library! The more people sharing the space, the less energy per person is being used to light your study spot.

14. Manually open doors rather than using automatic doors.
By opening the door yourself, you save the energy required to open and shut the automated door.

Atlanta Better Building Challenge (ABBC) & Emory Participating Buildings
The Atlanta BBC was launched in June 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative as one of the inaugural projects of President Obama’s and the Dept. of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program. Atlanta will compete among six other cities in the challenge: Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Washington, DC, Sacramento and Houston. Initiated by Mayor Kasim Reed’s Office of Sustainability and in support of the City’s Power to Change sustainability plan, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (“Atlanta BBC”) is a nation-leading public-private initiative. The goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20% in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020.

For a list of Emory's participating buildings click here.

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