How to Save Energy


TRY THESE IN YOUR RESIDENCE HALL, APARTMENT OR HOUSE:
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.  Start small and then adapt more energy-saving strategies.
Got others? Contact us or share them below!

The Basics
- Turn off the lights when you leave your room/house
- Turn the light off when you leave the bathroom (but check the stalls first)
- Avoid blow drying some of the time – start with twice a week
- Use a power strip to plug in all your electronics and flip it off when you leave the room
- Open the blinds and use natural sunlight instead of electrical lighting whenever possible
- Keep windows shut to improve the efficiency of heating/cooling systems
- Attend Kill-A-Watt events to become an energy saving expert (and earn enthusiasm points for your hall!)

Next Steps
- Purchase LED lights or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFLs can reduce energy use by up to 75%!
- Take shorter showers! (hot water = energy)  Use a timer to find out how long you take, then reduce it by two minutes.
- Wash full loads of laundry and use cold water settings.
- Most appliances still use energy when plugged in EVEN if they are off. Unplug when not in use. (Xbox, TV, speaker systems, toasters, microwaves)
- In common areas, turn off lights and appliances. Why are the lights on in the lounge if its empty?
- If possible, use the stairs instead of the elevator. If you are tired, take the stairs on the way down or consider it a workout!
- Set the thermostat to 75 degrees F in the summer while you are in class
- Set the thermostat to an energy-efficient 68 degrees F in the winter and throw on an extra sweater.

For Experts
- Buy and use Energy Star appliances.  Mini-fridges are extremely energy inefficient so avoid buying ones that are not Energy Star rated.
- Put your computer on energy saver mode and reduce the time it takes to go to sleep (Mac: System Preferences > Energy Saver)
- To prolong your computer’s battery life, unplug it unless it is charging and dim the screen.  Avoid charging overnight as this drains the battery.
- Switch to online bill paying to reduce paper waste and save the energy it took to mail to you.
- Talk to your hall directors and RAs about changing the way energy is used in your residence hall. Do the lights need to be on all the time? What about the thermostat settings?
- Tell your friends about Kill-A-Watt so they save energy too!
- You are a clever, capable individual – find new ways to be energy-savvy and share them with us

Visit our executive board page to find out some of our favorite ways to save energy!


3 comments on “How to Save Energy
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  2. Natalie says:

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  3. Bernie says:

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