Take these five actions to help reduce energy in your House or Dorm!
1. Use an LED in your desk lamp—FREE for undergraduates from REP!
- LEDs are 90% more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and about 15% more efficient than fluorescent ones. They contain no harmful gases, and can last up to 20 years!
2. Take shorter showers
- Water takes a lot of energy to heat, about 129 watts per gallon. Reducing your shower time by one minute will save 1,355 watts—that’s 249 iphone charges!
3. Wash your laundry in cold water (Bright Colors setting).
- Heating the water composes 90% of the energy of a hot water wash cycle. Wash your clothes in cold instead. The bonus to the cold wash is that your clothes will last longer!
4. Report leaky windows, broken storm windows, and broken radiator controls.
- Heating constitutes about a quarter of the carbon footprint for the average residential building. But don’t worry! There is something you can do about it. Make sure your room is comfortably warm while saving energy by making sure your windows are as air tight and then turning down your radiator. Submit a work order for anything that is broken or leaky.
5. Power down and unplug electronics when not in use, and turn off lights when you leave your room.
- Phantom energy is the electricity that electronics pull from the outlet while plugged in, even when the device is off. This phantom load can account for 13 (a radio) to 1,450 (a TV) kWh of energy per year. Don’t let your electronics become energy phantoms! Power down and unplug when they’re not in use. And don’t forget to turn off your lights when you leave.