"Kill-a-Watt" Challenge

What is the Kill-a-Watt Challenge?

Modeled after similar programs elsewhere in the U.S., the "Kill-a-Watt" Challenge is Milwaukee County's annual energy conservation challenge. The goal of the 2014 challenge was to reduce June-August electricity use in Milwaukee County facilities by 3 percent relative to 2012.

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Who won the Kill-a-Watt Challenge?

The results are in, and the winner of the 2014 Kill-a-Watt Challenge is... City Campus. Compared with 2012, electricity use at City Campus was 29 percent less from June through August. Research Park, Fleet Maintenance, and the HOC also performed well, using over 20 percent less electricity during the challenge.

Collectively, Milwaukee County facilities saved 3.9 GWh (about $238,000) in electricity during the 2014 Kill-a-Watt Challenge. All but one of the facilities met our three percent electricity use reduction goal. This suggests that the County's conservation and efficiency initiatives are having a positive impact on energy use and costs.

Click here to read about the 2013 competition.

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Why conserve energy?
Energy use has social, economic, and environmental impacts. For each percent reduction in annual electricity use, Milwaukee County can avoid around $97,000 in energy costs and 983 tons of carbon emissions. That’s like removing 200 vehicles from the road for a year!Return to Top
What’s in it for me?
This is a great opportunity for Milwaukee County employees to demonstrate their support for environmental stewardship. The facilities that reduce electricity use the most will earn positive recognition, a plaque or trophy, and bragging rights as the County's "greenest" facilities. Return to Top
How do I participate?
No signup needed – simply adopt energyconservation into your routine andencourage others to do the same. Here are some ideas to get you started:· 
  • Switch off lights and window AC units when not in use
  • Set office equipment to "sleep" when inactive for 10 minutes or more
  • In warm months, close or tilt window blinds to reduce cooling needs
  • Report energy waste and heating/cooling issues to Facilities Management at 278-4971
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Mission: To improve Milwaukee County government's operational efficiency and effectiveness, protect and restore natural resources, and enhance the quality of life for County residents, now and in the future


Summer 2016
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Gordie Bennett
Sustainability Director

Dept. of Administrative Services
633 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste. 1004
Milwaukee, WI 53203



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