This is a guest post by Amanda Davis of http://onlinenursingdegrees.maryville.edu.
It can be very difficult to live in a college dorm and act in harmony with the environment. It seems that so many people are interested in the excesses of the college experience that they seem to neglect the simple things that you can do to care for your environment while living in a college dormitory. However, being green in the dorms is easier than you think! Here are just five easy ways you can minimize your impact on the environment.
Control Your Computer
A lot of students forget to turn off their computers at night, or leave their monitors on for far too long. While it seems innocent, over time this can add up to significant amount of power usage, which is shame because the solution is so simple. All you need to do is configure power options on your computer to turn your monitor off and put your computer to sleep after a certain period of time.
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Say No to the Mini Fridge
One of the first things that many students want to do to exercise their independence is by purchasing appliances for the dorm. The most popular one is the miniature refrigerator, which draws power at an alarming rate. Because most dorms have school cafeterias, a refrigerator is almost completely unnecessary and you will save quite a bit of power and money if you simply do not purchase one for your dorm.
College dormitories are often known for their “eclectic” sense of style and design. Often times this means that Christmas lights, black lights, or lava lamps are littered throughout the dorm room. This might happen to look very cool and provide a great atmosphere for partying, but it is certainly not the best idea if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint.
College showers are well known for being used not only for hygiene, but for parties, socializing, and other extracurricular activities as well. With water shortage becoming a real concern in many states in America, it is becoming ever more important to conserve your use of water wherever you can. In a dormitory, this means that you should attempt to limit your shower times to 5 min. or less.
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Water Saving Bathroom Tips
Additionally, leaving the sink running while washing your hair, shaving your face, or brushing your teeth can waste a huge amount of water over long term. It is a common thought pattern to believe that since you have a ready paid for tuition, you have the right to use as much of these resources as you want to. While this is technically true, you still have the option to conserve if you want to live in environmentally sound life.
College is a time of exploration, learning, and personal growth. Many people who are not environmentalists will become environmentalists by the end of their time in college. Others may lose their way and start to waste more resources as a result of attending college. Which one of these people YOU end up as is entirely under your control. By exercising just a little self-control during your years in the dorms, you can make a huge impact on our environment. If all college students were to follow just the simple tips, just think of the impact it would have on our Earth.
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