The management of Centennial Court apartment complex is challenging its residents to dramatically reduce their energy consumption. The following announcement, distributed by Centennial, describes the contest and provides tips on how to save energy. UT Arlington Recycling Coordinator Becky Valentich tells me that Centennial “has been really active in trying to promote recycling and sustainable practices.” For more on Centennial, see its web page.
THE GREENEST BUILDING CONTEST
Here’s your chance to win big while making a big difference in our world! Take efforts to reduce your apartment’s energy consumption in our “Greenest Building” Contest. Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, but you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.
Two Ways to Win
1. The winning apartment will win back their electricity allowance for the month.
- $25 for each resident in a 4-Bed
- $30 for each resident in a 2-Bed
- $50 for residents in an Efficiency or 1-Bed
2. The winning building will win a special “Green” party in the Clubhouse to be held in November.
The winners will be chosen based on the greatest percentage of reduction in kilowatt hours used per resident from now through mid-November.
How to Win
Consider these tips to help reduce your energy consumption and increase your chances of winning…
Air Conditioning Tips:
- When you are home and awake, set your thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.
- When you are asleep or out of the apartment, turn your thermostat back 5-10 degrees.
- If roommates disagree on the temperature, compromise on a thermostat setting then close or open the vents in each room to help distribute the air accordingly.
- If you’re too warm, wear lighter clothing and use light cotton sheets. If you’re too cool, wear layers of clothing and use flannel/wool sheets with an extra blanket.
- Open curtains and blinds on your windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your apartment, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Avoid going in and out of the door to help keep the inside temperature constant.
Lights and Electronics Tips:
- Computers, TVs and DVDs, use still consume power while in standby mode. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
- Always turn off lights when you leave the room. Use natural light and task lighting rather than the overhead light whenever possible.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Free replacement bulbs are available from the Clubhouse.
- A dishwasher that is 50% full uses almost the same amount of electricity as if it were 90% full. Completely fill the dishwasher before running the cycle, or wash by hand to save even more.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heated drying cycle.
- Keep your refrigerator on the middle setting and don’t overcrowd your food.
- Allow frozen foods to completely or partially thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.
- Use a microwave or small convectional oven to reheat or cook small meals rather than using your oven.
For more information, call (817) 436-4800.
Shorthorn story, Oct. 28