What's Going Down at SOS? ... Our Energy Consumption!

Did you know… the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population but consumes 19% of the world’s energy. On average, one American consumes as much energy as approximately 2 Japanese, 31 Indians, or 307 Tanzanians.


As we fight to slow climate change, our daily choices regarding energy use can make a big difference. In California, about 44% of the total energy consumed is by appliances, electronics, and lighting. Luckily, this is something we have a lot of control over!

Here at SOS we reduce our energy consumption not only through our Pig Post program (see our December blog post), but also with a weekly energy competition! Wireless energy monitors located in each dorm record both real-time and cumulative energy use each day. Each monitor is surrounded by a poster explaining how the monitor works and why it is important. Read below!


Students learn about the competition upon their arrival and begin participating the first moment they step into their dorm. SOS staff then record data daily to compare between dorms and announce the results during lunch. The competition motivates students to be more conscious of habits like turning off the lights, closing windows and doors while heat or A/C is running, and unplugging camera/phone chargers. We hope that students will take these practices back to their homes and families! 

Who or what has influenced your household energy habits? 

For more information about household energy consumption in California, check out the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website: http://www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/reports/2009/state_briefs/pdf/ca.pdf

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