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About the Competition

POWERless is a seven-week energy competition among the residence halls to increase energy conservation awareness. Students compete to reduce the energy use in their building, based on baseline power consumption. The winner is the building with the largest percentage energy reduction over the course of the competition. An award is also given to the residential area with the overall largest percentage energy reduction.

Many of Elon’s residence halls are connected to a web-based system, called Building Dashboard, where students can monitor their energy usage in real-time. They can also compare their building’s energy usage to a rival building’s usage. The unit equivalent feature of the system allows comparisons in units such as pounds of coal and burgers.

POWERless takes place in the spring and started in 2008. The results of each competition are below.

In 2008, the overall reduction during the competition was 111,762 kWh, compared to the baseline consumption. The building winner was Loy G, H & I with 23.8% reduction. The residential area winner was the Loy Center with 15.1% reduction. Environmentally this means the students prevented 45 tons of coal from being burned, 63 tons of carbon dioxide emissions (primary contributor to climate change) and 291 pounds of nitrogen oxides emissions and 726 pounds of sulfur dioxide emissions (contributors to acid rain).

The reduction during the 2009 competition was 159,054 kWh. Every residential area reduced consumption over the seven-week contest. Environmentally this means the students prevented 64 tons of coal from being burned, 90 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 413 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions and 1,033 pounds of sulfur dioxide emissions.

For 2009, two divisions were created based on residence hall occupancy to enhance the competition.

In the area competition the greatest energy reduction was achieved by:

  • Division II – Danieley Center, 47.3%
  • Division I – The Oaks, 20.3%

The buildings with the top energy reduction in each Division were:

  • Division II – Danieley Center Flat I, 26.8%
  • Division I – Oaks Building B, 22.5%

In the 2010 competition, the overall reduction was 231,454 kWh, exceeding 2009 by over 70,000 kWh. Again, every residential area reduced electricity consumption during the contest. Environmentally, the kilowatt hours not used during the competition equate to: 

  • 93 tons of coal being burned
  • 131 tons of carbon dioxide emissions
  • 413 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions and 1,821 pounds of sulfur dioxide emissions

In the area competition the greatest energy reduction was achieved by:

  • Division II – East Area Pavilions (Honors & International), 36.6%
  • Division I – The Oaks, 26.5%

The buildings with the top energy reduction in each Division were:

  • Division II – Honors Pavilion, 36.9%
  • Division I – Oaks Building A, 34.4%

 

For more information, please contact:
Paul holt, Maintentence Control Manager
holtpa@elon.edu
Phone: 336-278-5460

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