‘Tis the Season to be Sustainable!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, well almost…After the long nights of studying in the library and exams are finally done, we get a whole month of freedom!

While you may want to run out of your residence hall faster than Santa gobbles down cookies, we would ask that you take a few minutes to lower your energy waste here on campus.

Here are some tips to make this the most sustainable Christmas break ever:

  • Turn off all lights (and Christmas lights)
  • Turn down your heat (if available in your room)
  • Turn off all appliances like computers, printers, coffee makers, desk lamps, etc.
  • Make sure to unplug everything – TV, microwave, game consoles, phone and device chargers, digital clocks. Leave refrigerators plugged in, though. When appliances are plugged in, they still use energy even if they are off.
  • If you have items plugged into a power strip, make sure to turn the strip off.
  • Report any maintenance problems such as leaky faucets, windows that won’t close, or extreme room temperatures to your front desk and fill out a work order.
  • So for this Christmas, why not give the gift that keeps on giving, a clean, sustainable world we can all enjoy!

See more at https://sustainability.uiowa.edu/initiatives/energy-climate/energy-conservation/power-down-during-breaks/