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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy today released a new video encouraging college students to help America save energy, save money and cut pollution. The video highlights the work of students at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, who launched a dorm-based competition called "Kill-a-Watt" to reduce energy use and energy bills on campus with easy steps like unplugging your electronics, raising the air conditioning temperature when in class, and taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Students in different campus residence halls compete against each other to achieve energy savings with residents from the winning dorm earning up to $200 in scholarships.
"When it came down to it, the savings that we saw in these buildings were very small tasks performed by the students that collectively led to a drastic savings of $27,000 and an average of 15 percent," Chris Castro, University of Central Florida student and DOE Campus Ambassador, said in the video.