Student’s Corner

Happy Friday! Check out this interesting video from NPR’s Skunk Bear. It takes place in Rochester and it poses the question of using a bicycle to power a home. Spoiler: their answer was no. Here’s a few ideas a friend helped me brainstorm for small and not-so-small changes that could reduce the energy you use in your home.

  • cold brew coffee – this requires no heat and very little effort and can get you some delicious coffee that is ready to go when you wake up in the morning
  • turn down the heat – use blankets and add layers instead of turning up the thermostat
  • air dry clothes – dryers use a lot of energy and really aren’t that necessary
  • don’t be afraid of the dark – that is, turn the lights off when you leave a room or when you really don’t need them
  • take shorter showers. Or colder showers – both save some of the energy that would be used by the water heater
  • have a smaller refrigerator – get a fridge that makes sense for what you need it for

These are just a few of about a billion things you could do to reduce your energy consumption at home. Perhaps they could get you a little bit closer to powering your home with a garbage plate, if you can get yourself to move after eating one of those.

Written by Mariah Greico, Class of 2018



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