Students living in nine residence hall communities at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge reduced their energy consumption in March by $13,763 — an average of 18 percent — as part of the school's “Unplug” competition.
The contest compared the March 2009 electrical meter readings with those from March 2008. Students were asked to adjust their daily routines — turning off lights, unplugging chargers, taking shorter showers — to save energy in campus residence halls and apartments.
East Campus Apartments achieved the greatest reduction — a 35 percent reduction compared with the same timeframe in 2008. All residents there have received a 1-gigabyte flash drive for their accomplishment.
The Horseshoe community, which reduced consumption by 29 percent, finished second in the competition, and the Blake/McVoy community and Herget Residential College tied for third place with a 21 percent reduction in energy consumption.
Impact of LSU's Unplug Competition
|Energy saved: 172,034 kilowatts|
|That could power the following for a month:|
|20,000 light bulbs |
|Carbon offset: 124 metric tons|
|That is the equivalent of:|
|Planting 3,168 trees |
Not driving 270 cars for one month
Saving 14,000 gallons of gasoline
|Source: LSU, Department of Residential Life|