Last week marked the beginning of Eco challenges! What is an Eco challenge, you ask? I define an Eco challenge as holding oneself accountable while actively working towards sustainable day-to-day living practices. Each week Libby and I will alternate choosing a specific aspect of our daily routine to focus on improving. The idea is that by the end of the year we will have tested numerous ways to cut ones carbon footprint.
This week, I challenged myself to reduce my use of electricity by utilizing public spaces on campus that already had lighting to study and do homework. Along with being able to explore many different study environments, from Zoe’s dynamic café to the Wilson Library’s silent 5th floor, I was also able track the decrease of energy use in my dorm through our Efergy e2 Electricity Monitor. Witnessing a decrease in energy use was both rewarding and fun!
Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint and discover Western’s study hot spots? If the answer is yes, this Eco challenge is for you!
Think globally, act locally!Meriel
This past year we have been able to track our energy use through our Efergy e2 Electricity Monitor. This monitor has surprised us time and time again, as we track our data twenty four hours a day. We can see our energy change constantly, from our spike in electricity usage when we use our microwave, to a sudden drop when we implemented our outlet timers.
Here is a recent example of what this monitor can do!
That drop was when we plugged in our outlet timers and power strips. This helped us decrease our wasted energy and really showed us how important it is to keep our items unplugged when they aren’t in use.
If improving your habits is something you would like to do as well, we welcome you to join us in our endeavors every week!
Good luck, and have fun!