7th Annual Austin College Residence Hall
Energy Conservation Competition
AC Unplugged 2016
When: October 3 – October 31, 2016
Goal: To reduce the electricity consumption in Baker Hall, Caruth Hall, Clyce Hall, and Dean Hall 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: Residence halls that reduced electricity consumption earned money for their selected charity. Each of the following residence halls designated a charity to benefit from any prize money. The 2016 charity beneficiaries are as follows:
Habitat for Humanity
| Clyce Hall:
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Women’s Crisis Center
| Dean Hall:
Children’s Advocacy Center
Below are the weekly standings for the October 2016 AC UnPlugged competition:
Which residence hall will be victorious this year? Can your residence hall top its 2015 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 percent reduction of electricity use. per capita.
5. How will we know our residence hall electricity use?
Signs of electricity use for each residence will be posted in the WCC, at each residence hall, and available on the Think Green website and Facebook. Each Wednesday the standings and results will be announced in 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 your charity if you can continue to decrease electricity use.
7. Why only these residence halls for the competition?
The “traditional” residence halls were selected to make the competition more even. Roo Suites and Bryan Apartments have different living arrangements and the Jordan Language House electricity cannot yet be monitored independently from the campus. Although these residents of these halls are not part of the competition, we still encourage them to Think Green!
8. 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.
9. Why isn’t all of the money saved donated to charity? What happens to the rest of the money?
The money saved by this competition is money the college doesn’t have to use for the electricity bill. The money goes back into the general fund which can help pay for scholarships, campus improvements, student programs, etc.
10. What’s the Presidents Climate Commitment and how does this competition help?
The goal of the PCC is to reduce the campus’ greenhouse gas emissions and eventually have no net emissions. Since electricity use is currently the number one contributor of the campus’ greenhouse gases, reducing electricity consumption will help us achieve the goal of carbon neutrality.
AC UnPlugged – 2015 Final Results