It’s Green Apple Week @ NYU!
This week is Green Apple Week at NYU, and UHall’s doing it’s part too! In honor of GAW, here are a few eco-friendly tips and pointers for your daily routine as prescribed by NYU’s own Environmental Studies Department!
- Use laptops instead of desktops. They use more than 50% less energy and require less resources and energy to produce.
- Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode when it’s not in use. Screen savers don’t save any energy at all.
- Switch your bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). They last 8-12 times longer and use 25 % less energy than incandescent bulbs while delivering the same light levels. –Energy Information Administration.
- When you shop for a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label-your assurance that the product saves energy.
- You can maximize the heating and cooling efficiency by keeping blinds and curtains open during the day and closing them at nights to insulate the windows.
- Arrange desk and chairs next to windows to cut down on the need for artificial lighting during the day.
- Use corded home phones as they consume little energy, while cordless units draw constant power during charging and stand-by mode.
- You can get cash back by recycling your old electronics such as cell phones and mp3 players.
- Download your software. More than 1 billion unwanted computer disks are being thrown away each year, though most software can be downloaded online.
- Use rechargeable batteries. Otherwise dispose of batteries properly because they contain toxic chemicals. Find the nearest drop-off location by calling 1-800-8-BATTERY.
- To save on paper, always print and copy double-sided (“duplex”). Most public NYU printers can be configured to duplex.
- Get your leaky sink and shower faucets fixed. A leak of just one drop per second will waste 2,400 gallons of water a year.
- Try switching to cold or warm water when doing laundry. 85 – 90% of the energy consumed in washing your clothes is used to heat the water.
- Turn off the power strip or unplug any electrical device that’s not being used. Many appliances, such as computers, TVs and VCRs draw power even when turned off. NYU may expend as much as $750,000 per year on these “phantom loads”!
- You can reduce your CO2 emissions by carpooling with others. Connect with people using the ‘Carpool’ application on Facebook.
- Shave your showering time down by three minutes for a savings of 513 pounds of CO2 every year.
- Plastic shopping bags create unnecessary waste. Next time you grocery shop, bring your own reusable bag.
Stay Tuned for more Info on Green Apple Week Events!