Students from the Intro to Environmental Studies course of Spring 2015 were given an assignment to determine the energy usage of applices in dorm rooms. The following is a bar chart displaying results from this assignment. 

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  •  If you would like to upgrade your conventional desk lamps to an LED lamp, contact Laura Draucker from the Office of Environmental Sustainability at

Other Things You Can Do

  • Turn off lights when you leave your room or any other space you use on campus.
  • Take advantage of natural light by keeping shades open.
  • Close shades during the night to help keep heat in.
  • Adjust your thermostat to control the temperature in your room rather than opening the window. If the heating system in your dorm doesn’t work, let your Resident Counselor know and he or she will report it to the Service Center, who will send someone to fix it.
  • Don’t leave the shower running for a long time before you get in, and take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the water in the sink while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Use the stairs.
  • When buying appliances for your room, look for Energy Star ratings.
  • Share appliances with your roommate (i.e.: no need for two refrigerators).
  • Donate used dorm furniture to the Amherst Survival Center. Contact the College’s recycling manager (413-542-8369) to coordinate.
  • When you leave your room for extended periods, including weekends and vacations, unplug everything, especially your refrigerator (and  don’t forget to eat all the perishables and prop the door open first). The Big Turn Off reduced consumption in dorms 60% last year because so many students unplugged during Interterm.
  • Recycle. Using recycled materials requires much less energy than using raw material to make paper, bottles and cans.
  • Computers use energy when they're idle. And screen savers cause more electrical consumption than writing a term paper. Use your computer's sleep settings to reduce energy usage. Unplug peripherals when they're not in use.