By Katie Luong
After three weeks of spreading awareness to the student population, the Energy Team feels we have made a great effort to educate students about the importance of reducing energy usage. Our project entails minimizing elevator usage and advocating stair usage. When my team members and I stood with posters urging students to “Take the Stairs”, the responses were varied. Generally, many people read the poster and smiled and headed straight to the staircase whereas a few students were confused about why they should even take the stairs. We found it was not difficult for people to take the stairs unless they had heavy objects with them. The student population appeared to be very understanding about the concept of energy efficiency and why it was better to take the stairs. We were expecting people to complain but we actually made people smile!
Speaking of the importance of energy efficiency, many utility companies today are offering incentives for those wanting to hit “efficiency targets” set by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Many companies see the value of energy efficiency because it is a cheaper alternative. Aside from companies, we also see people using less energy in everyday life. There is a growing culture of people trying to be energy-efficient when possible to avoid being “energy shamed”. In fact, it has been proven to be effective when a person compares their energy usage with their neighbor. With that in mind, the Energy Team believes that a group is necessary to teach and advocate energy efficiency and it all starts with you!