Green Tips for College Life

So, you’re going off to college. Exciting, isn’t it? Most colleges give out a list of ‘must-haves’ for incoming freshmen, but here are some green and money saving tips for that list, as well.

Get a bicycle. You might need a car for longer trips, but for getting around campus there’s nothing more convenient and energy saving than a bike. You won’t have to pay for a parking pass or hunt for parking. You’ll save money on fuel – and what college student doesn’t need to do that? You’ll get fit and bypass that ‘freshman twenty’ so many incoming students have problems with. There’s not really a downside to riding a bicycle around campus.

Need appliances? Buy used and/or look for the energy star rating on them. If you can have both – you’ve just saved energy and re-used. Double win for a green life.

Get a travel mug or reusable water bottle – and use them. You’ll keep tons of plastic out of our landfills and you’ll save money. Buy a water filtering pitcher or a filter that fits on your faucet instead of buying bottled water.

Turn off the lights, and put fluorescent light bulbs on your ‘must-have’ list. You’ll save energy automatically with the bulbs, and if you get in the habit of turning off the lights when you’re not in the room, you’ll save even more.

Plug all your electronics into a power strip, and unplug the power strip at night or when you’re not charging or using them.

Get a reusable bag to carry books or for shopping. Stop the plastic bag habit now, and you’ll be part of saving our environment. If you do get an occasional plastic bag, reuse it.

Buy your books used, or better yet, rent them. You’ll save lots of money, and you’re doing your part to reduce waste by re-using textbooks.

Buy health and beauty products in bulk. You’ll get a better price – always good for college students – and you’ll save energy. How? Shipped once = less fuel.

You can go to college and lead a green life. You’ll save money doing so, and you’ll be helping save the earth. Do you have any green tips for me? Let me know on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a message here on the blog.


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