How to save energy in your University of Rochester dorm


With the academic year now in full swing, students, faculty, and staff are back on campus in dorm and office settings. As a student or employee at the University, it may be easy to overlook your energy consumption since you don’t have to pay a utility bill and no one holds you accountable for how much energy and water you use. Here are some tips on how to be sustainable in a dorm and an office setting.


Being sustainable in a dorm:

Turn off lights when you leave your room

  • If you have a thermostat, try turning your heat or air conditioning down
  • Recycle in your dorm
  • Conserve water by taking shorter showers, washing clothes less, and turning off water when not in use
  • Unplug appliances and turn off power strips when not in use
  • Recycle old lightbulbs, ink cartridges, and sneakers through the programs offered at UR
  • Reuse items before you throw them out
  • Cook exactly the amount of food you are going to eat to avoid food waste
  • Walk to and around campus rather than driving


Being sustainable in the office:

  • Turn off and unplug all appliances while not in use
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Use reusable dishware in the office
  • Walk, bike, carpool, or use public transportation as often as possible rather than driving
  • Recycle and encourage others to recycle in your office
  • Use double-sided printing
  • Make a pot of coffee and share with your co-workers rather than using a coffee machine that only brews a single cup of coffee
  • Keep your electronics on a low brightness setting to save energy

Check out @URSustainable


Written by Alyssa Lemire, Class of 2017

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3 Replies to “How to save energy in your University of Rochester dorm”

  1. Thanks for sharing this information with us. This information is really good and also thanks for giving me an advice. Keep sharing this type of articles with us.

  2. Great advice! If we all did only half of the things you suggested, we would make a major impact on the environment and energy consumption.

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