When most of us think about how to do our part in conserving energy and lowering electricity costs, our focus is mainly on our homes. But it’s a great big world out there and conserving energy should expand far beyond where we lay our heads at night.
The area we would like to focus on today is college campuses. If you’re conscientious about energy consumption and conservation, these tips should help you do your part in saving the future of the world.
Don’t Live Far From Campus
When looking for a place to live off campus, your goal should be to choose a place as close to the school as possible. By doing so, you would be able to either bike or walk to school instead of driving.
If you live further away, then consider carpooling. Check with your school’s administration office to find out if they have Go Green Ride incentive programs. Many schools offer substantial parking discounts for students who carpool.
Open Those Curtains
When you’re sitting in your dorm room or off-campus residence doing some afternoon studying, open the curtains and blinds and turn off the light switch. Don’t even consider flicking any light switch until after sunset.
Take your books and study next to a window or pack up your gear and go outside. Heading outdoors will be especially beneficial for off-campus students who pay their own electric bill every month. If you’re a poor college student, you need to do what you can to save every penny.
Buy LED Light Bulbs
Continuing with our studying theme, there will be plenty of nights where you will burn the midnight oil. Make sure you use LED bulbs on your desk lamps. While it is true that these bulbs are more expensive than standard incandescent bulbs, they last much longer. In fact, if you buy them at the beginning of your freshman year, you won’t have to replace them at all during your college career.
Sharing is Caring
If you live in a dorm room with other roommates, does it really make sense to have more than one television or refrigerator? Consider consolidating these appliances and place them in a common area that is easily accessible. When considering the location, make sure that these appliances are accessible to guests as well.
Dump That Desktop
Instead of using a desktop computer, seriously consider switching to a laptop. On average, laptop computers use 50% less energy than their desktop counterparts.
Collect Your Rewards
Many college campuses offer rewards for students who do their part in protecting the environment. A couple of examples include discounts on recycled paper at the bookstore and cafeteria reimbursements for students who bring their own utensils.
Do you love coffee in the morning to kick off your day? Check to see if your favorite campus coffee store offers a small discount if you choose to use a mug instead of a paper cup.
Finally, check to see if your school offers financial incentives for not driving to campus.
These are just a few tips you can start to implement immediately for managing energy and electricity costs on college campuses. An education is important — and saving the world is just as important.