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Energy Saving Tips
Develop smart energy habits at home. By adopting some of the recommended habits below, you will become more conscious of your energy waste and begin to notice other ways you can be more responsible in your energy use:
- Turn off the lights when you don't need them.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Energy Star qualified CFLs use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFF saves at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. If every household in the US replaced one standard light bulb with a CFL the pollution reduction would equal removing one million cars from the road (source: energystar.gov).
- Unplug chargers when your devices are charged.
- Turn down the thermostat when you are leaving or going to sleep.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. It will save energy and money and your clothes won't shrink, colors won't fade and fabrics will last longer!
- Buy Energy Star certified products.
Manage your computer energy use. Don't use screen savers, INSTEAD:
- Activate power management on your computer
- Turn of computers in on-campus computer centers and offices when closing for the day. A computer left on 24 hours a day for a year produces as much carbon dioxide as driving the average car 820 miles (source: Columbia University).
Recycle! Yes, University of North Dakota and the City of Grand Forks both have recycling programs! Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for three hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours (source: The Recycler's Handbook by the Earth Works Group).
- Recycling at UND
- What UND Recycles?
- Recycling FAQs
- Grand Forks Recycling
- Have a hard-to-recycle item? Find out how and where!
- Have an item that someone might find useful? Local thrift and secondhand stores accept donations. Some will pick up larger items such as furniture and appliances.
Minimize your commuting footprint. Use buses instead of driving.