The way students set their thermometers, run their dishes, and take their showers greatly impacts campus's energy consumption. Individual practice is often needlessly wasteful because students don't know the impact of their personal choices. For instance, if students just kept their thermometer closer to the outside temperature Davidson would save money on its energy bill and have a smaller carbon footprint. If Physical Plant or RLO is able to track energy consumption from individual dorms, I think each dorm should receive a monthly email telling them how much energy they used. That email coudl come with some simple tips for saving energy. Separately, but additionally, energy saving could be incentivized in a few different ways. The school could refund a portion of the money saved on energy by each dorm/apt. to Davidson students. Or, it could have a contest with prizes like athletics does for attending sports events.
Idea No. 146