Buckman Hall wins energy competition

Published: March 25th, 2011

Category: Announcements, InsideUF, Voices Column

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Buckman Hall has won the 2011 Eco-Challenge: Battle of the Halls energy competition in University of Florida residence halls.

Buckman residents saved .81 kilowatt-hours per resident, per day in February 2011 compared with February 2010. This is a savings of 3,773 KWHs in Buckman Hall for February 2011 compared with February 2010. (.81 KWHs savings multiplied by 137 residents multiplied by 34 days on the meter reading.)

This year, 18 out of 23 residence hall communities used less KWHs per resident, per day. The KWHs savings were moderate and ranged from .03 to .81 KWHs less per resident, per day in these 18 halls. Five halls used more KWHs per resident, per day in February 2011 ranging from .10 to .52 KWHs more per resident, per day. One hall was excluded from the competition because of a disqualified meter reading from February 2011.

Cost savings campuswide as a result of this competition were minimal and are viewed in the context of a year-long budget for utilities. The utility charges campus residents pay are a pass through cost included in semester rent. Utility charges for the fiscal year are set each March and are based on usage averages established over many years and the prevailing KWH rates charged by local utility providers.

“Challenging residents to be more conscious of energy consumption is an excellent way to educate them about their responsibility within a global community,” said Sharon Blansett, Housing Green Team captain. “This year a high percentage of residence hall communities saved energy during the contest period.”

The Eco-Challenge: Battle of the Halls competition is co-sponsored by the Inter-Residence Hall Association and the Department of Housing and Residence Education Green Team. A water conservation contest was held in January and other conservation challenges occurred during the competition. Next week the overall winner of the challenge will be announced. The winning residence hall community will be recognized at a celebration to occur prior to Finals Week.

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