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 ldraucker@amherst.edu.

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, reach out 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.
  • If you are able, 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).
  • 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). 
  • Recycle and Compost.