image of light bulbTurn off the lights

When you are studying, doing homework or just hanging out at home be sure to turn off the lights whenever possible. Take advantage of natural light during the day by keeping curtains and blinds open. At night, use LED lightbulbs to reduce your energy consumption by up to 80 per cent.

Turning off the lights a few hours before bed will also help your body’s natural sleep cycle stay in sync.

Use smart power strips

Smart power strips are power plugs that are designed to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. In doing so, this will reduce your overall energy consumption and energy costs.

Energy Star logoUse energy efficient appliances

Whether you’re living in a dorm, apartment or house, appliances are a must. Tea kettles, coffee makers and microwaves seem to hold a special place in the hearts of students worldwide. But we need to ensure that we are using appliances that are energy efficient.

When purchasing an energy efficient appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label, which is a federal guarantee that the appliance will consume less energy during use and when on standby than standard non-energy efficient models.

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