Join the Great 720 King West Power Challenge

Energy conservation can be an overwhelming topic, but the Green Council wanted to show the occupants at 720 King that even the smallest changes in your daily habits can make a difference. Over a six month period in 2014/2015, we challenged the occupants to reduce the amount of unnecessary energy consumed by computers, monitors, printers, TVs, etc. By the end of the challenge, we achieved a reduction of almost 5000 kWh per month. We encourage everyone to continue turning off and unplugging. Be a hero, the power is in your hands!

What’s it all about?

The challenge is to reduce the amount of unnecessary energy consumed by computers, monitors, printers, TVs, coffee makers, even your own phone charger that draws electricity just being plugged into an outlet. When these devices are on standby, or not being used, they may look like they’re not consuming energy. But the truth is, they suck out a whopping 9500 kilowatt hours of electricity every month just sitting there doing nothing! We’re asking everyone at 720 King West to make small changes in their daily routine. Together we can create a heroic impact.

It’s time to stop the energy drain. At the end of the day, or even when you leave your desk for an hour or more, turn off or unplug everything that is using unnecessary energy.

What is unnecessary energy consumption?

720 King West requires electrical energy to operate the building, keep the computers and printers running, the lights on, and the coffee makers dripping. But at night or when you’re not at your desk, electrical devices continue to gobble up energy. And when you add up the energy that simply drains away, it’s a surprising amount of power!

How did we come up with that goal?

With clipboards in hand, your Green Council surveyed the building after hours and added up the number of kWh’s for all targeted items (computers, monitors, printers, TVs, coffee makers and other appliances) and during the process, compiled a list of culprits.

Our total came to 9500 kWh a month — these are the devices that you control. Assuming that nobody’s perfect, we figure that a reasonable goal would be to reduce that amount by 90%, or approximately 8500 kWh per month.

How are we going to do this?

Through a campaign that encourages all of us to incorporate a few new habits. Don’t leave for the day without asking yourself “what can I turn off?”
• Turn off computers – if allowed (check with your supervisor) when you leave for the day
• Turn off monitors when you leave for the day (or more than an hour)
• Turn off printers and any lights you can at the end of the day
• Unplug appliances like coffee makers and toaster ovens when not in use
• Turn off TVs when no one is watching them
• Unplug personal items at your desk, like phone chargers

Be a hero. The power is in your hands.

Turning off a single monitor may sound like a small action. But given there are almost 2,000 of us in the building (with many of us using more than one monitor which means 2,000 or more monitors), together our combined participation can create a truly heroic impact.