I Want One of Those: Hit the Lights
Dartmouth students use 8,572 kilowatt hours per day, much of it wasted by leaving on lights and appliances. The “Hit the Lights” system requires students to insert their Dartmouth ID card into a radio-frequency card reader to activate lights and outlets in dorm rooms. No card, no current — except for designated outlets for appliances that need constant power. The foolproof system reduces energy usage up to 33 percent. Creators Michael Bush ’11, Eric Durell ’11, Michael Lewis ’11, Thomas Mandel ’11, and Paul Seebacher ’11 won the Phillip R. Jackson Award for outstanding performance in ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering. Their teaching assistant was Andrew Herchek Th’09.
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