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Tips for Students


1. Turn off lights in unoccupied areas.

2. Install compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs instead of incandescents; CFLs use 75% less energy.

3. Set your computer to enter standby after 30 minutes and to turn off the monitor after 10 minutes. Use standby or turn off computers at night.

4. Unplug or use a power strip to shut off TVs, stereos, DVD players and other devices that typically draw a phatom load.

5. Set the the thermostat to heat 68° in winter and to cool at 78° in the summer. Keep the windows closed when heating or cooling. Dress appropriately for the weather.

6. Share equipment like minifridges and microwaves with your roomate, or better yet, save money and space by using shared, full-size refrigerators and appliances.

7. Take shorter showers and turn off the water when shampooing your hair. Heating water requires lots of energy.

8. Only do full loads of laundry, which saves water as well. Wash clothes in cold water.

9. Use a microwave or toaster oven when cooking or reheating small amounts of food.

10. Hang dry your clothes on a drying rack or clothesline instead of using the dryer.

11. Use alternative transportation. Bike, walk, carpool, skate or ride the bus.



1. Check faucets, toilets and showerheads for leaks. Report leaks to your RA or landlord.

2. Take shorter showers and turn off the water when shampooing your hair.

3. Turn off the water when washing hands, brushing teeth, shaving or scrubbing dishes.

4. Reduce flushing in any way that is still sanitary. Toilets are the biggest residential water consumer and old toilets can use more than 5 gallons a flush.

5. Only run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.

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