Do it in the dark

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DO IT IN THE DARK starts Friday, Sept 15 and runs until Friday, Oct 13th. Buildings will be measured on Fridays with results posted the following Wednesday. All buildings are included, with dorm and non-dorm buildings in seperate categories. Prizes and tips are described below.

Do It In The Dark

Do It In The Dark is the name for the Williams energy saving competition. It was first held in the fall of 2005 and was repeated in both the spring and fall of 2006. It is a month-long contest to measure which house can reduce its energy usage the most by turning off lights, computers and other electric devices.

==Energy Saving Tips== (click here for more)

To be good:

  • Turn off your lights (the myth of using more energy if you turn on and off lights is only true for flourescent bulbs older than about 15 years, so no)
  • Hibernate or shut down your computer
  • Turn off your power strip (adapters draw power even when not used)
  • Take shorter showers
  • Wash your clothes on the cold water ("bright colors") setting
  • Ask friends to do it in the dark with you!

To cheat on the contest a little:

  • Charge your laptop in Goodrich or the Library
  • Spend more time at your boyfriends/girlfriends room

Past Winners

Fall 2005 Morgan hall, led by the notorious Morgan ME entry. The upperclass competition was won by Lambert House.

Spring 2006 Dodd Annex won the overall and small house competition, followed closely Carter house winning the large residence prize.

More details can be found here: dark2006.jpg or the full results here: this page.


The competition is a joint effort between Greensense, CEAC and Facilities, and of course every student living on campus. It is partly inspired by the student body's environmental principles and partly by the college's response to rising energy costs.


The fall 2005 prize consisted of a free night for the house at Images with snacks. The spring 2006 prize was "Renew Your Energy" Extravaganza, complete with Ben and Jerry's ice cream sundaes, pizza, drinks, massages, puppies, and more, in the house and right before finals week.

For Fall 2006, the pize will again consist of a "Renew Your Energy" Extravaganza much like the very popular one in the spring. Yes, there will be puppies to play with. Get excited!!!

Read More about Sustainability at Williams