Energy Smackdown - Week 2

This week: Slay Vampire Power


EnergySmackdown is a 6 week competition to reduce or eliminate energy use across campus - and win prizes! Each week the competition asks participants to take two new actions to reduce energy. You can win the weekly prize by taking action and posting about it on the Sustainable Campus facebook page.

Energy Smackdown Actions

Week 2: Slay Vampire Power
This week we are asking you to target "vampire power." While trick or treaters are roaming the streets in search of screams and sweets, a hidden terror could already be lurking in your office, apartment, or lab. We’re talking about evil appliances that suck electrical power even when you aren’t using them.

For instance, mobile phone chargers that are left plugged in after your phone is disconnected consume .26 watts of energy -- and 2.24 watts when your phone is fully charged and still connected. If you start factoring in all the other appliances and electronics that are plugged in and not in use, it’s easy to see why these energy vampires could add an extra 10 percent to the average American's monthly utility bill.

But never fear. Slay energy vampires with this week's actions:

  1. Fight vampire power by plugging electronics into power strips and flipping off the switch before leaving the room. 
  2. Keep food fresh + lower energy use by setting fridges to 35-38F, freezers to 0F.

Learn more about slaying vampire power from the Department of Energy's Halloween themed post on the topic! 

Cornell University is committed to carbon neutrality by 2035. We all have a role to play in reducing our energy use and changing behaviors. Together, staff, faculty, and students can co-create an enduring culture of sustainability on campus - for our people and our planet. 

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