Energy Challenge: Save Energy in Your Room

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Use these tips to win the Energy Challenges and all year long to reduce your environmental impact.  Do It in the Dark may be the name of the challenge- but there are a lot of easy things you can do besides turning the lights off!

Electricity Saving Tips

Everyone on campus uses electricity for lighting, appliances, and clothes dryers. Follow these steps to win the challenge:

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. There will be a lightbulb swap in Shapiro Your Eco-Reps can get you 1 free lightbulb- just ask them. CFLs are also on sale in the bookstore and most area stores.

  • Use sun light during the day- open your blinds and make sure to turn lights off when leaving a room – even a classroom or bathroom. Leaving the lights off for even a short period of time saves energy.

  • Set your computer to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. Screensavers do not save energy – but sleep mode does!

  • Avoid vampires. iPod, cell phone, and computer chargers are “vampires.” They draw electricity even when you’re not using them. A power strip is an easy way to shut off electronics while you are gone.

  • Make sure dryers are lint free and used for a full load. Or air dry your clothes after washing them if you can.  Electric dryers use 3.8 kilowatt hours during 45 minutes of drying- more than your room uses in a day!

  •  If buying appliances make sure they are “Energy Star” labeled.

  • Lower the temperature of your mini fridge- don’t leave the fridge door open too long.

Heat and Water Saving Tips

The Mods and Charles River Apartments use electricity for heat. The rest of the campus uses the natural gas powered steam plant for heat and hot water.

  • Turn the dial all the way to the snowflake sets your heat to the lowest (coldest) level. Turn this down when you leave your room for the day. Don’t open windows to regulate heat- this will make the system work harder- turn down the dial. If you think your heater isn’t working properly submitting a maintenance request.

  • Only wash full loads of clothes and use cold water to wash.

  • Take shorter showers. 

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

  • When shaving, fill a small cup with water for rinsing your razor rather than leaving the faucet running.

  • Report any leaks or dripping sinks, showers or toilets by submitting a maintenance request.

Contact your Eco-Rep for more help and with suggestions. Good luck saving energy!