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Green Tip

Turn off, to turn on.

If you are walking out of a room for more than five minutes, turn off the light. Also, use compact fluorescent bulbs wherever possible.

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Green Tips

Shut the refrigerator.

Shutting the refrigerator door as soon as you have what you need can save up to 7 percent on energy.

Bring your mug.

Many coffee shops offer discounts to customers who bring their own mugs rather than using paper cups. Starbucks offers a 10 cent discount. If you're a regular coffee drinker that can really add up.

Shop green.

Whenever the option is available, choose the environmentally friendly product over the regular one. Cleaning products, food, clothes, practically everything.

Light, the natural way.

Use sunlight instead of electricity whenever you can. This helps create a warmer atmosphere while saving energy.

Walk. Bike. Carpool.

If you live within a couple miles of campus walk to class or ride a bike. It's great exercise and keeps your tank filled, so you save more. If you live too far to walk, get together with friends or colleagues and carpool to split the cost of gas.

Shut down and unplug electronics.

Make small changes, like unplugging your cell phone when it's fully charged and shutting down your laptop when you're not using it.

Wash your full loads in cold water.

By washing your clothes in cold water instead of warm, a household will save on energy bills. 85 to 90 percent of energy used is for heating the water. By only washing full loads you cut down on total loads a week, saving water and money.

Fill your bottle with filtered tap water.

2,500,000 water bottles are used and thrown away every day in America. Refilling a bottle with filtered tap water instead of purchasing bottled water is an easy way to save our resources.

Plastic Bags

Avoid paper or plastic bags for shopping. Use recyclable bags made from a natural fiber or bring your own.

Turn off, to turn on.

If you are walking out of a room for more than five minutes, turn off the light. Also, use compact fluorescent bulbs wherever possible.

Recycle. Replace. Recharge.

Recycle old batteries. Replace regular batteries with rechargeable ones to cut down on toxic waste. They cost more up front but save you money throughout their long lifetime.

Out with the old, in with the new

Replace all of your regular (incandescent) light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer and use less energy.

Double your print space.

There are actually two sides to a sheet of paper. Try printing two-sided to cut down on paper usage, and while you're at it, use recycled paper.

Tote it.

Bring your own canvas or cloth tote bags when you go shopping. Some stores offer discounts or give to charities when you bring your own bag.

Go digital.

Buy the e-book instead of the textbook. It's cheaper and you don't have to keep up with a heavy book all semester. Edit your papers on your computer rather than printing them out. Bookmark websites instead of printing them off for research.

The Environmental Action Club

Join The Environmental Action Club at the University of Memphis to promote awareness and do your part in making our campus greener.

Recycle & Save on Energy!

Recycling is an excellent way to save energy and preserve the environment. One recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a TV for three hours. One recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes while one recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours. Seventy percent less energy is required to recycle paper as compared to making it from raw materials.

Soy-based ink for Printing

Consider using soy-based ink for your printing needs. Soy ink has fewer harmful toxins than petroleum-based ink and produces much brighter and sharper colors because of the innate clearness of soybean oil. Using soy-based ink makes recycling of the paper easier because the ink is easier to remove in the de-inking process. Soy-based ink prices are comparable to petroleum-based ink, but it takes less soy ink for the same print job. Studies have shown that if all oil-based inks were replaced by soy-based ink --only about 1.8 percent of U.S. soybean production-- soy bean producers could easily supply the demand. Unlike oil, soy is a renewable product, and soy-based toner offers a cleaner and sustainable source.

Consolidate refrigerators

A small, personal-sized refrigerator uses just about the same amount of energy as a refrigerator two or three times its size. Consider consolidating refrigerators into one larger fridge in a shared location for a department or group of offices.

Idling Your Car

On cold mornings, it is tempting to go out and "warm up" your vehicle before driving to work. But did you know that idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds can use more fuel than restarting your engine, and that idling your vehicle for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel five miles? Idling can be a waste of natural resources, generate excessive noise and be a cause of air pollution that can be harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Several states, such as Massachusetts, have car idling laws under which a person can be fined as much as $500 if he or she idles a vehicle for more than five minutes unless it is an emergency situation or stuck in traffic. So help us all breathe a little easier and keep idling down to a bare minimum.

Energy Consumption from Lighting

About one-third of the University's energy consumption comes from lighting. Remembering to turn off lights when you leave the office for even a short time can have a huge impact on lowering energy consumption and costs. Completely turning off computers/monitors at the end of the workday can also have a large effect on energy consumption.

Update your wardrobe for less.

Instead of consuming new products, trade fashionable clothes, accessories, cosmetics and shoes for free (you only pay for shipping). By swapping merchandise you can lower the amount of harmful emissions caused by the manufacturing process.

Use refurbished electronics.

You can get refurbished electronics for a steal (they often sell for less than 50 percent of the retail price), and before they're resold to the public, they go through an intense defect-testing process and the warranties usually remain intact. So you can save money and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

ENERGY STAR lighting

If a table lamp is part of your dorm decor, make sure that it's ENERGY STAR qualified. ENERGY STAR qualified lamps use less energy mainly because they integrate compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 75 percent less energy than regular incandescent light bulbs.

ENERGY STAR computers

A high-performing computer is a must for school. With ENERGY STAR, you'll know you're getting a computer that is good for the environment and comparable in performance. Whether you choose a desktop or laptop, a computer that has earned the ENERGY STAR uses up to 65 percent less energy and can still satisfy all your school demands. If you're also in the market for a printer or other office products, you can look for ENERGY STAR, as well. If all imaging equipment --printers, faxes, scanners, etc.-- sold in the United States met ENERGY STAR requirements, annual savings would grow to nearly 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to emissions from more than 700,000 cars.

ENERGY STAR mini fridges

How cool is it to keep your food and drinks in an ENERGY STAR, energy-saving mini fridge? You get easy access to the "energy" you need while using less of it in the process. ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators use 20 percent less energy than non-qualified refrigerators so you can enjoy your break knowing you are doing something good.

ENERGY STAR electronics

No dorm room is complete without an ENERGY STAR qualified entertainment system, right? With all that work, everyone needs some time to decompress and with ENERGY STAR qualified TVs, DVDs, Blu-Ray Players, and speakers, you can really relax--not only from your work, but also knowing that your electronics are using less energy, even when they are off. That's because ENERGY STAR specifications for TVs, and other electronics, are more efficient both when the TV's off (in standby mode), and when the TV's on (in active mode). But you will never miss that extra power since even the latest and greatest in TV technology can earn the ENERGY STAR. What you will notice is how good you feel helping the environment. If each TV, DVD and home theatre system purchased in the U.S. this year had earned the ENERGY STAR, we would prevent more than 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions from 570,000 cars!


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