Environmental Science and Policy
The previous methods of reducing electricity usage within residential houses in colleges isolated the students from the process by overwhelming them with choices and decisions to make to contribute to the carbon reduction. This project examines that isolation and attempts to bring more student participation by concentrating on students to reduce energy that they are not using actively—i.e., phantom energy, or standby loads—by developing the framework within the idea of an energy competition sponsored by Lucid Design Group. Surveys of student behaviors and support for such competition was examined and compared to the amount of energy students could eliminate just by being more conscious of the energy that is being used while the appliances are plugged in and not in use. The report supports the reasoning behind the planning of the competition and installation of better metering equipment in the quadrangle dorms over the summer, and a quadrangle-wide energy competition is planned to be implemented for Spring, 2012.
©2011 Esther Kwon
Kwon, Esther, "Reducing Phantom Energy Waste in Residential Houses: The Inter-Quadrangle Energy Competition Independent Project on Campus or Community Sustainability" (2011). Class Project, Smith College, Northampton, MA.