Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) launched a new outreach and awareness campaign designed to reduce unnecessary “phantom” plug loads at ORNL’s 3rd Annual Southeast Sustainability Summit this week. Participants in the campaign, called the E.D.G.E Project, will Educate themselves regarding phantom loads and the impact they have on electricity usage, Discover where unnecessary “phantom” plug loads exist in the home or place of business, Gather data using a Kill-A-Watt® Meter, and Execute a plan to eradicate phantom loads.
In exchange for a Kill-a-Watt® electricity usage meter, participants pledged to monitor the consumption of at least five devices and/or appliances at home or work, report findings and intended behavior changes to the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative by September 30, track and measure the difference in the amount of energy consumed prior to using the meter and after making behavior changes, and report consumption findings to TEEI at least twice within a one year period. Additionally, participants pledge to pass the meter along to a family member, neighbor, co-worker or k-12 school teacher by September 30.
Instructions for using the meter, reporting forms, lesson plans, and other educational materials will be made available on the TEEI website, tnenergy.org.
At the Summit, OEP distributed more than 50 meters to qualifying participants.