Here are five tips on sustainability from MGA’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, Taylor Upole:
- Unplug your electronics when you aren’t using them. The appliances that you leave plugged in could be costing you $100+ a year! These items have more of an impact than others:
- Video game systems (Xbox, PS3)
- Electric kettles
- Always-on desktop computers
- Television sets (especially plasma-based displays)
- Adjust your thermostat. By turning up your air conditioning you could reduce your energy bill and reduce CO2 Put on a sweater instead of cranking the heat!
- Switch to Compact Fluorescent light bulbs. They are more efficient and last 8-15x longer than traditional lighting. These bulbs do contain mercury, so make sure you are recycling them properly.
- Use caulking for leaky windows to keep heat in your house.
- Keep your vents open and clean. Closing air vents can raise your energy costs!
- Adam Dachis. 2012. “How to Reduce Your Energy Bill with No Cost or Sacrifice”. Lifehacker.com http://lifehacker.com/5953039/how-to-reduce-your-energy-bill-with-no-cost-or-sacrifice
- Beth Brindle. 2011. “How much can you save by unplugging appliances”. HowStuffWorks.com. http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/budgeting/how-much-save-unplugging-appliances2.htm