Residence Energy Challenge

Rez Powers Down was developed to bring conservation awareness to students as they left campus and became renters, paying their own utility bills.  It is a student-run sustainability initiative that's been promoted over the past three years in Western residences. This year’s campaign took a more active role on campus by challenging students in residence to out conserve each other. The winning residence is given 50% of the savings! Organizers used Facilities Management’s new real-time energy dashboard to monitor progress over the two week period.


Students in London Hall dialed back their energy consumption over the past two weeks to win Western’s Rez Powers Down conservation challenge. In their building alone, participants reduced energy consumption by 19.3 per cent or nearly 18,000 kwh of energy.

Although London Hall led the competition, Alumni House came in second with 10.8 per cent savings, while Delaware placed third with 4.5 per cent savings. Overall, participating residences reduced their energy consumption by an average of 5.48 per cent, totalling 38,710 kwh and saving Western residences over $4,000. 


The winners: Essex Hall emerged as this year's runaway champs by conserving more than 11 per cent compared to their previous five year average