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CROWDSOLVE ENERGY

 

We are believers in the collective power of people—so we’ve launched a crowdsourcing project designed to get our community involved in creating content that changes the way people think about energy for the better.

Check out our current Challenges below. Submissions to each Challenge may be used in a variety of creative projects and final forms.

Let’s get started:

Math Challenge

How Much Energy Is That?

 

Did you know that “always-on” devices (commonly called “vampire” devices) like the coffee maker that consumes power even while it’s not being used, account for up to 12% of an average US home’s electricity consumption?*

That’s 164 watts on all day, every day, for a grand total of 1,300 kilowatt hours generated per year. How much energy is that? Well, having 164 watts “always-on” is the same as each home continuously brewing 234 cups of coffee every single day for a year, or 85,000 cups of coffee annually…It’s also the equivalent of fully charging your iPhone about 240,000 times… 

So what else is having 164 watts always-on, or burning 1,300 kWh/year, equivalent to? Send us a conversion you think is fun or interesting (please include your sources and calculations!)—the goal is to help people visualize exactly how much energy they’re wasting and could save!

*Figures taken from The Solar Foundation’s 2016 National Solar Jobs Census and US Department of Energy data on LED lighting.

Photo/Video Challenge

One thing about energy

 

We think there are lots of things that everyone should know about clean energy and energy conservation, but don’t. For instance, did you know that 1 out of every 50 new jobs created in the US in 2016 was a job in the solar industry? How about the fact that LED lights for your home use about 75% less energy than the incandescents we’ve been buying for decades…* 

So what else should everyone know? We want you to show us, with a video or photo, one fact about clean energy or energy conservation that you want to tell the world, and we’ll help you tell it! The more creative the better.

*Figures taken from The Solar Foundation’s 2016 National Solar Jobs Census and US Department of Energy data on LED lighting.

General Submission

TELL THE NEW ENERGY STORY

 

Got an idea that doesn’t exactly fit into our other current Challenges? Submit it here—we’re always looking for creative ideas and executions that help move the needle towards a more Energy Aware society—Here's a short list of the type of content we're looking for:

Visual Content
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Illustrations
 
Editorial Content
  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • Creative writing
 
Interactive Content
  • Apps
  • Tools
  • Quizzes
And Everything Else!
  • Topics for discussion
  • New Challenge ideas
  • Volunteer opportunities