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Ohio firm makes contest out of energy savings

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In their quest to leave a smaller environmental “footprint,” employees of Greif, a Delaware, Ohio-based industrial packaging products company, are trying to outdo each other when it comes to energy-efficient work habits.

For four months, 60 of the organi­zation’s employees participated on two teams that competed to identify energy wasters and control energy use at work. To do so, they used “modlets”—moni­­tors that reveal how much energy devices plugged into an electrical outlet are using and can automatically shut them off at pre-programmed times.

That helped employees learn about “phantom power,” the electricity that an appliance or computer uses even when it’s turned off, and about how much energy they waste by failing to unplug or shut down electronics when they’re not in use.

The two teams competed to save more energy and learn more about energy than the other, earning badges and points for participating in learning activities. For example, one activity encouraged participants to identify active and standby power states of the devices monitored by their modlets.

Result: Even after the competition has ended, employees are still talking about energy savings, using less energy and convincing their colleagues to do the same.

Contact: Deb Strohmaier of Greif, (740) 549-6074.

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