KU News Release

March 4, 2011
Contact: Diana Robertson, Department of Student Housing, 785-864-7224

Residence halls join Take Charge Challenge against K-State

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas residence halls will go head-to-head with Kansas State University residence halls to see which school can reduce its electricity usage the most in March and April.

The competition is part of the Take Charge Challenge between Lawrence and Manhattan, a friendly contest to save energy and money. The community that reduces its energy use the most will win an energy efficiency or renewable energy community project worth up to $100,000.

As part of the competition, students living in Corbin, Ellsworth, Gertrude Sellards Pearson, Hashinger, Lewis, McCollum, Oliver and Templin halls can help beat K-State by reducing their electricity use. Students at KU are encouraged to

— Turn off lights and use natural light when possible
— Replace incandescent light bulbs in lamps with compact florescents and register each switch at www.takechargekansas.org
— Adjust computer power settings to save energy
— Power down and unplug electronics, appliances and chargers when not in use

Electricity consumption will be measured at participating halls March 4-18 and March 28-April 8 and compared to previous usage. The school that reduces its electricity use by the greatest percentage will be declared the winner.

Efforts at both schools will contribute to the overall Take Charge Challenge competition between Lawrence and Manhattan. Students, faculty and staff who live off campus can also participate. To earn points for Lawrence, residents can schedule an Efficiency Kansas energy audit, install compact florescent bulbs and register switches, enroll in Weststar Energy’s WattSaver program and attend Take Charge events on campus and in the community.

To learn more about the other ways to help Lawrence win the Take Charge Challenge, visit www.lawrenceks.org/takecharge. For more tips on saving electricity, visit www.sustainability.ku.edu/takecharge.

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