Dorm room

10 ways to Green Your Dorm room

When the phrase "dorm room" is evoked, GY knows what comes to mind: beer pong tables, blacklight posters, unkempt bunk beds, and an utter dearth of cleaning products. Un-green associations aside, this first "room of your own" can be an ideal area to cultivate green habits, whether it's practicing energy and waste conservation or sprucing up your space with eco-interiors.

  1. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs

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    Although more expensive initially, these bulbs last longer and are much more energy efficient than those old-fashioned incandescents.

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  2. Choose used or secondhand items

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    Second hand furnishings lend a vintage-chic vibe while conserving resources and reducing landfill waste. Another perk: it's often cheaper than buying new.

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  3. Buy natural cleaners

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    Whether you clean once a week or once a year, natural cleaners are easier on the environment and your health.

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  4. Choose plants that purify the indoor air

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    Not only do plants serve as a friendly reminder of the outdoors when you've been locked up for days studying, but they also improve indoor air-quality.

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  5. Choose bedding made from organic fibers

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    Whether you sleep a lot, or find the time for it only on weekends, enjoy a green night's sleep (or 20 minute nap) and opt for bedding crafted from pesticide-free cotton.

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  6. Unplug your charger

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    Ninety-five percent of the power consumed by an average charger goes into heat, while the charger sits there without a phone attached. An easy way to save energy when you're out and about.

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  7. Adjust computer power settings to save energy

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    You can reduce your computer's energy use while you write papers about feminist thought or research the evolution of meiosis (or whathaveyou) by enabling the power management feature.

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  8. Use a green Internet search engine

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    Whether you're researching Gustav Klimt or John Cheever on the web, using a green search engine will contribute to carbon offset projects.

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  9. Install light timers and motion sensors

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    Overwhelming simple but extremely effective, once you develop this habit, it will stick with you into the post-college days.

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  10. Store your stuff instead of shipping

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    Shipping all your stuff back and forth across the country can add up semester after semester. Keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere by storing locally.

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Comments

11/07/2008
2:09am
dormdelicious

Very helpful article! I posted some comments on greening your dorm recently on DormDelicious: http://www.dormdelicious.com/articles/decorating_tips_green_dorm_room

11/07/2008
10:43pm
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