energy conservation in residence halls

Jane Chui
December 12, 2014

Conservation is one of the best and yet underused strategies in climate change. It is something that can be immediately implemented with immediate results. For example, energy use per room in residences, especially graduate residences where many rooms are single or double occupancies, should be tracked. Compared to their off campus colleagues, students on campus are not as aware of the cost and most importantly, the amount of utilities they are using. By tracking this and offering incentives for coming in under a reasonable value, residences will waste MUCH less energy and water. Leaving windows open in the winter/summer while having the heat/AC on, leaving lights on, and leaving the thermostat on high while away on vacation are just some of the bad habits that are far too common in residence halls.

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Sarah Simon on December 17, 2014

definitely important. Check out how far the MIT facilities have already evaluated this kind of thing. and then work on getting attitude-change - yes, turning out the lights when you leave is an energy saving move.

Christiane M Adcock on March 21, 2015

Much of the waste comes from things students don't control--such as the lights always being on in the hallways. Windows are also often left open even during very cold/hot temperatures due to poor insulation/temperature regulation in the dorms.