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The Sustainable Community Leaders Program provides a unique opportunity for residents living in Harvard University Housing to have a direct and meaningful impact on the University’s greenhouse gas reduction goal and sustainability efforts. You don’t have to go to Harvard to implement these ten simple ways to help our planet (and your budget).

1. Swap CFLs for LEDs

Swaps out all incandescent and CFL bulbs for LEDs in table, desk, and floor lamps. They are 90 percent more efficient, contain no harmful gases, and can last up to 20 years!

2. Change laundry settings

Wait until you have a full load and then do your laundry on cold wash (BRIGHT COLOR SETTING). It not only extends the lifespan and vibrancy of clothing, it also saves 90 percent of the energy that would have been used to heat the water.

3. Clear vents

Have you ever felt that the temperature in your house doesn’t match your thermostat? Take a look around. You may be blocking your air registers! It may help to move some furniture and large items so the air can circulate more freely. This action may improve your heating and air conditioning system efficiency by 25 percent.

4. Unplug devices

Do a routine check to make sure chargers, adapters, and small appliances are all unplugged before you leave your home. Phantom energy is the electricity that electronics pull from the outlet while plugged in, even when the device is off. It can waste as much as 10 percent of your home’s energy.

5. Adjust temperature settings

Adjust your thermostat for when you are away from home versus when you are at home. Keep the fan setting to LOW. This creates a space for optimal comfort, health, and productivity.

6. Turn it off

Turn off EVERYTHING before heading out the door: lights; bathroom vents; computer; coffee maker; TV.

7. Make it easy

Plug in all your electronic equipment into a central power strip and then just hit the switch!

8. Manage power settings

Make sure your computer isn’t wasting any unnecessary energy. Set your power management settings to Energy Saver Mode and get rid of the screen saver. This cuts energy consumption and prolongs the computer’s
battery life!

9. Use your blinds and shades

Use daylight wisely, by keeping drapes open during the day to let in the warm rays or closed to keep out the sun if you are in a hot climate.

10. Take the stairs

Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Good for your health and a good way to save some kilowatts!

Retrieved from:

Tomorrow’s Child/ November 2017/ Pg 27