Use compact florescent light bulbs for all lamps you brought to school. They use 75% less energy
and last up to 10 times longer than regular incandescent light bulbs. They are worth the increase
in price because they last so much longer. Compact florescent light bulbs are always available at the bookstore.
Some electronics still use energy when they are “off ”; something is powering that little clock on your DVD player! Use less power by plugging all of those electronics into a power strip and switching the power strip off when not in use.
Make sure that your refrigerator is set between 38-43°F and that your freezer is set between 0-5°. Also, make sure your refrigerator doors seal properly. To check, make sure that a dollar bill closed in the door is difficult to pull out. If it slides easily, you should get your fridge checked out.
Use cold water cycles as much as possible when doing your laundry; hot water takes up a lot more energy. Also, make sure to clean the lint filter in the drier before each use, and air dry your clothes whenever possible.
Time yourself in the shower and try to reduce your regular time by at least one minute. A five minute shower can use about 35 gallons of water! Try to take cooler showers too; hot water takes up more energy.
Try a Navy Shower. Turn on the water to rinse, turn off the water to soap up and wash, and turn the water back on to rinse off the soap. If this is done correctly, you are using water for only about two minutes!