8th Annual Austin College Residence Hall
Energy Conservation Competition
AC Unplugged 2017
When: October 2 - October 30, 2017
Goal: To reduce the electricity consumption in Baker Hall, Caruth Hall, Clyce Hall, Dean Hall, and the Hass Village on Grand below the baseline electricity consumption.
Why: Austin College students have a long tradition of service leadership and concern for the environment. With this competition students can help lower the college’s impact on the environment and raise money for deserving non-profit organizations. View a thank you letter from Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, a 2012 UnPlugged beneficiary, expressing both gratitude for the donation and the focus on energy use awareness.
Prizes: Traditionally, residence halls that reduced electricity consumption earned money for their selected charity. However, this year, in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, all prize money awarded to the residence halls will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Additionally, the school has generously agreed to donate any money saved as a result of reduced electricity consumption in the residence halls to Harvey relief. Participating residents of the Village on Grand who reduce their electricity use the most will be reimbursed for 2/3rds of their October energy bill (they can also choose to donate their reimbursement to Harvey relief).
Below are the weekly standings for the October 2017 AC UnPlugged competition:
Which residence hall will be victorious this year? Can your residence hall top its 2016 standings?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the best ways for me to reduce electricity use in my residence hall?
Turn off electrical devices when not in use (use power strips to turn off items in standby). Make sure there is nothing plugged in or turned on when you leave (especially over the weekend). This includes computer and cell phone battery chargers, TVs in standby mode, even refrigerators can be emptied with the doors propped open and turned off.
2. How much electricity does AC use per year – and how much does it cost?
Austin College uses approximately 15,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year at a cost in excess of $1 million.
3. Doesn’t less electricity use mean less fun?
It doesn’t have to. Go to the Pouch club or outside to play with friends, or if you are going to watch TV why not make it a group activity (less electricity use per person)? Play cards or other games that don’t require electricity. By being creative you can still have fun without using as much electricity.
4. Is the competition residence hall vs. residence hall or our residence hall this year versus the same residence hall against the baseline?
Both – each residence hall’s goal is to use less electricity but each hall is competing with the other halls for the greatest reduction of electricity use.
5. How will we know our residence hall electricity use?
Signs of electricity use for each residence will be posted on the WCC televisions and posted at each residence hall. Each Wednesday the standings and results will be displayed outside the Dining Hall in Wright Campus Center around lunch time, so check to see where your hall stands in the competition.
6. My residence hall is in last place in the competition. Why should we care?
You can still earn money for Harvey relief if you can continue to decrease electricity use.
7. Does the competition last for longer than a month?
No, but your efforts to reduce electricity use on campus don’t have to end when the competition is over. All of the electricity you help the campus save allows the campus to use that money for other programs.