In the last episode of “As the Power Meter Turns,” we asked the important trivia question, “How much did Shenandoah University spend last year on electricity?” The winners of the trivia contest received their very own LED light bulb. Congratulations to Darryl Myers, Tammy Marco and Jane Pittman for being the closest in their answers.
So, what is the answer? During fiscal year 2012-13, Shenandoah University spent more than $1,200,000 on electricity. Yes, that’s over a million dollars worth of electrons. That’s lights, air conditioning, computers, heaters, curling irons, hair dryers, refrigerators, microwaves and water heaters. Electricity is everywhere.
How can you help conserve electricity? Turn off lights when you leave a room. Consider a shorter, and slightly cooler, shower. Set your room space temperature to 68 degrees in the winter, and 76 degrees in the summer. Turn your computer OFF at night, as screen saver mode doesn’t save much energy.
Tune in next week for more energy news. There might be another cool give-away! Questions? Contact [email protected].