Energy Efficiency Article

With all of the trash mounting up around the U.S. and the threat of global warming, everyone has been looking for ways to save energy. Here are fifteen ways that you can make your dorm room more energy efficient.

Let’s start off with the basics.

  1. Always turn off all of your lights and electronics every time you leave your room.
  2. Keep a recycling bin in your room for bottles cans and recyclable paper.
  3. Use recyclable batteries if you have them.

Now here are some of the latest trends for saving energy in your dorm room.

  1. Use energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs in all of your lamps.
  2. Buy and use recycled paper for all of your work.
  3. Pay your bills online to save paper.
  4. Recycle used ink jet cartridges because they can be refilled and reused.
  5. Use water filters and reusable water bottles to cut down on the use of plastic water bottles.
  6. Use power strips to maximize your outlets.

And here are a few ways to save energy that you were probably not aware of.

  1. Single-space all of your papers if the teachers will allow it to save paper.
  2. Do textbook swaps at the end of semesters and sell your other textbooks online.
  3. Set your computer to go into sleep mode after 15 minutes and turn it off at night.
  4. Use windows and natural light to replace electric light when possible.
  5. Take short showers and turn off the sink when you are brushing your teeth and/or shaving.
  6. Use various forms of solar chargers to charge your iPods and other electronic devices.

Many Elon students like first-year students Sarah Dodge and Melissa Kansky already use some of these techniques to keep the dorm room energy efficient. But some students like sophomore Hayley Moll have gone above and beyond with other ways to save energy in their dorm rooms. Moll says that she re-uses plastic bags from Target to transport materials and as a lining for her trashcans. Sophomore Katie O’Brien saves energy by unplugging all of her chargers when she is not using them because even when they are not charging, they use electricity. O’Brien also uses her air conditioning as little as possible and puts her television on sleep mode at night so that it will turn off if she falls asleep while watching.

With all of these tips on how to make your dorm room environmentally friendly, you can save energy and money at the same time.


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