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2009 Dorm Energy Conservation Competition Best Yet

Story posted November 19, 2009

The 8th annual Dorm Energy Conservation Competition held in October was a success — surpassing energy savings from contests in previous years.

The contest was conducted a little differently this year. Previously each residence hall's energy usage during the month of October was compared to that of September; the dorm that conserved the most energy from one month to the next won.

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This year, the total energy usage from each dorm was
divided by the number of dorm residents, producing a "per
person" energy usage figure, which was then compared
against other dorms.

The 2009 results showed an impressive campus-wide effort
to reduce energy usage. Overall electricity usage in October
for all residence halls was 22 percent lower than last year's
usage for the same period.

The savings are equivalent to 50.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide and, according to Sustainable Bowdoin, mark the lowest energy usage for these buildings in five years.

Read more in Sustainable Bowdoin's Fall 2009 newsletter.

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