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Living the college life is an experience that so many students hope to achieve. After all, who wouldn’t love the freedom away from the parentals? However with freedom comes responsibility. In addition to studying and keeping your dorm tidy, one should also consider “greener” options. You can make an environmental difference on a college budget! With the help of Green Student U
, here are five ways to go green on a college budget.
5 Ways to Go Green on a College Budget
1.) Turn Off the Water: Leaving the faucet running while brushing your teeth can waste up to 1.3-gallons of water. Instead of wasting the water while scrubbing your teeth and rinsing out your mouth, just turn the water off.
2.) Reuse Paper: Before you throw away that halfway printed page or that paper covered in editing marks, how about using the other side for scrap paper? Post-It Notes actually cost money, so you can make your own by cutting up pieces of already used paper. Or you can just use the other blank side to take notes in class.
3.) Spend Less Time in the Shower: Just by reducing your shower time by about two minutes, you can save up to 1,000 pounds of CO2 from being emitted into the air. This is because you are using less electricity to heat the water, but you’re also conserving water at the same time.
4.) Wash Clothes in Cold Water : Even if you may not own the washing machine you are using, you can still help out the environment by washing your clothes in cold water. This not only causes less heat damage to your clothing, but it also uses less electricity, which in return produces less CO2.
5.) Be Thrifty: Instead of spending your paycheck on an expensive new outfit or gadget, you can save some cash and help out the environment by shopping at a thrift store. Thrift store shopping is just another form of recycling and regulating CO2 emissions. Not only do you get to reuse a unique or vintage item, but you also stop factories from making more items and creating pollution, and that greatly reduces your carbon footprint.