How to Save Energy on Campus

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

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