Do it in the Dark energy reduction competition

DO IT IN THE DARK 2015 is a two week energy conservation competition hosted by Residence Services at Kent State University. From November 1 until November 14 the energy consumption within the residence halls will be monitored and scored against a baseline energy level taken earlier in the year. The residence hall team that can reduce the most wins!

Residents can save energy by using these simple tips:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Any room.
  • Try task lighting with a desk lamp (or use natural light during the day) instead of relying on overhead lighting.
  • Unplug things like your cell phone charger or laptop charger when not in use. Idle electronics consume power even when not in use.
  • Shut down your computer or video game console when not in use. Better yet, unplug it too!
  • Open and shut your refrigerator door quickly. 30% of the cold air escapes each time the door is opened.
  • Turn down your refrigerator setting by just one level.
  • Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and clean the lint trap on dryers.

With Kent State spending approximately $7 million on energy bills each year, the goal of this competition is to educate, motivate and empower students to conserve resources within the residence halls. Student behavior can play a large role in the amount of electricity consumed on campus each and every day, and the campaign’s aim is to illustrate the impact of developing habits to support energy conservation and sustainability.