Conservation Madness Recycling, Water Conservation and Energy Reduction Tips
Go to the library or study together in one room.
Use energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs in your desk lamps.
Conduct residence hall community meetings in the dark.
Challenge yourself to keep the lights off for the whole day.
Use power strips to switch off televisions, gaming systems and stereos when not in use.
(Many appliances consume energy even when switched off.)
Enable the “sleep mode” on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity.
Use the blow-dryer less often and for a shorter period of time; or, air-dry your hair.
Clean lint filter in the dryer after each use.
Turn off lights when not being used, and make use of natural daylight.
Step away from your television screen – take part in outdoor activities
Familiarize yourself with your residence hall recycling options and think about reusing or recycling items before trashing them.
Buy in bulk -- it saves money and wastes less packaging.
Print on both sides and narrow margins on your documents to reduce the amount of paper you use.
Instead of using disposable cups, bring a mug or water bottle with you.
Reuse empty containers for a variety of purposes, like food storage, a planter or a change bank.
Place your room’s recycling containers in a convenient spot so that they are noticeable and easy to use.
Take leftover plastic bags back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, soaping your hands, shaving and washing dishes.
Take shorter showers.
Run only full loads in the laundry or dishwashing machine.
Immediately report any leaks (i.e. dripping toilet, sink or shower) to Housing and Residential Life via E-WORF (http://www.housing.umn.edu/eworf). A leak can waste incredible amounts of water in a short time.
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