Which halls met the 15% reduction goal and won the Battle?
Árbol de la Vida
- La Aldea
Special recognition should go to the three halls with over 20% savings: Árbol de la Vida, Babcock and La Aldea.
Each hall earned $50 towards a sustainable program and two $25 gift certificates for individuals in the hall who made our online pledge to reduce.
During our competition, the UA Res Halls used about 10% less water and about 17% less energy than the baseline. That translates to:
628,150 gallons of water saved: That’s enough for one person to take a 10 minute shower every day for 49 years.
227,252 kWh of electricity saved: That’s equivalent to the energy (gas) needed for the typical mid-sized car to travel around the equator almost 3 times, or enough electricity to power 214 typical Arizona homes for one year.
Winning Halls: Maricopa (1st), Likins (2nd) and Yavapai (3rd)
Parker House (1st), Navajo-Pinal (2nd) and Yuma (3rd)
- Use Compact Florescent Light bulbs
Turn off your lights when you leave your room! It’s an oldie, and one you’ve probably been hearing your whole life, but it really works! Unplug unused electronics and chargers to avoid what is known as vampire or phantom energy load. It’s basically the use of power when you’re not "supposedly" using an item.
- They last longer. The average lifespan of a CFL is between 8 to 15 times that of an incandescent bulb.
- They use less energy. CFLs use about 20%-33% of the energy that an incandescent light bulb uses.
- Residence Life will dispose of used CFLs. All you need to do is put in a School Dude work order and Residence Life will come by your room and pick it up, so it can be disposed of properly.
- If every household in America switched out one incandescent bulb for a CFL, it would reduce energy consumption as much as taking a million cars off the road.
Reduce Water Use:
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face. This can save up to 100 gallons of water a month. That’s a lot, especially when you live in a desert.
- Keep drinking water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the faucet until it gets cold. Besides, in Arizona, it doesn’t get that cold!
- Take quicker showers and use colder water—the more heat you use, the more energy is wasted.
- Be sure to only wash clothes when you have a full load. You can save up to 500 gallons of water a month.
- Report Leaks: Don’t look the other way when you see a faucet dripping. Report it so it can be fixed to reduce waste.