Students in the Nicola Residence participated in the inaugural Do It In Cold Water pilot project from September 9 to December 2, 2013.
The six-week pilot was created to educate building residents on behaviour changes that reduce energy usage. By opting to wash their laundry in cold water, the residents successfully reduced the residences' hot water usage by 27.3 per cent and saved a total of 1,031.4 litres of hot water.
With an outstanding hot water use reduction of 54 per cent, the fourth floor residents won the floor-by-floor challenge. The second floor residents were next, with a 45 per cent reduction in hot water consumption.
The Okanagan Sustainability Office would like to extend their appreciation to the students of Nicola Residence, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Facilities Management and FortisBC for their support and involvement during the project.