Taking shorter showers, turning off lights and closing doors will be some of the things the students in the North Idaho College Residence Hall will be practicing throughout the month of October as they compete in an energy saving contest with other regional colleges and universities as part of national Energy Awareness Month.
Sponsored by Avista, students in the residence halls at NIC, Whitworth University, the University of Idaho, Gonzaga University and Washington State University will compete against each other in the second annual Power Down, Add Up challenge.
The contest is designed to raise awareness about energy consumption and educate college students that small amounts of energy savings can add up to be substantial. Students will be encouraged to log into a website each day to record their energy saving practices. The reporting is done on the honor system and the percentage of energy saved will be determined by dividing the total efforts of each group by the number of members in the group. The school reporting the largest percentage of energy saved will be awarded prizes and a traveling trophy.
To kick off the Power Down, Add Up challenge and raise awareness about national Energy Awareness Month, the NIC Residence Hall staff and students will participate in a special event Friday, Sept. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. with an outdoor cookout and a short planned power outage later in the evening.