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Published October 07, 2010, 04:59 PM

University Of Minnesota Crookston Is Taking Steps To Conserve Power

The University of Minnesota Crookston is trying to make a big push to save energy.

The University of Minnesota Crookston is trying to make a big push to save energy. The University was challenged by Otter Tail Power Company to reduce its power consumption.

University of Minnesota Crookston is making an attempt to conserve electricity for the year, and the university is challenging the residence halls to do the same for the month of October.

"Students, faculty and staff are the key to this program to work and it's just a message for everyone in general. If you leave the room, turn off a light. If you don't need your computer, turn it down," Andrew Svec with UMC Public relations said.

"Well it's a good way for the Crookston campus to become more aware of our energy usage and different ways we can save energy around campus," Benjamin Williams, a UMC student said.

If the resident halls meet their goal of 10,000 kilowatt hours, they will give the money saved back to the students.

"We're going to make use of what's called a redirect program where we will allocate some of the energy savings dollars to campus-wide programming," Svec said.

Over the entire year, the campus wants to save 1.4 million kilowatt hours, and to do that the university is changing out its light bulbs in the gym, greenhouses and buildings.

So what are some ways to save power?

"Turning off lights is a big one instead of buying regular light bulbs buy the florescent ones ah power strips so if you have a bunch of electronics plug it in and when your done with it turn of the power strip because a lot of electronics suck energy even when they are not being used," Williams said.

"I'll do little stuff like turn off lights and stuff I'm not going to take shorter colder showers that's not going to happen," UMC student Amanda Hodges said.

If the campus reaches its 1.4 million kilowatt hours, the Otter Tail company is going to throw a campus party.