Tuesday, September 21, 2010

empower maryland


today is the last day for the cdp conceived and designed "empower maryland mobile information station" at mica, before it moves on to other college campuses in the area. this is the culmination of a project started a year or so ago with the maryland energy administration, where the group of students came up with 15 things to "empower" people to save money (who doesn't want to do that?) and reduce power consumption statewide 15% by 2015. pretty cool.

here's their list:

1. use cfls instead of incandescents ($65 over the life of the bulb)
2. use cold water in washing machine ($63 a year)
3. unplug your tv when not in use ($159.76 annually)
4. install a low-flow showerhead/take shorter showers
5. unplug your laptop when not in use ($15.60 annually)
6. turn down temp of water heater to warm setting (120 degrees)
7. unplug gaming system when not in use ($25.73 annually)
8. wash only full loads of dishes/air dry
9. use curtains or shades to give ac a break
10. use ceiling/other fans so you can raise the thermostat
11. pump up your tires (improve gas milage by 3%)
12. bike, walk, take public transportation (save up to $115 per year on gas by reducing miles driven 5%)
13. turn thermostat back 10%-15% for 8 hours (save as much as 10% on energy bill)
14. turn off lights when not in use
15. set refrigerator temp between 37 - 40 degrees

check out more pics of the project here.

(photo cred: lauren adams)

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

This is such good stuff! What practical ideas.
In South Africa, notifications to save power by turning off your lights, tv, etc. pop up in the middle of tv shows. ha.