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I carry a reusable water bottle.

Using a reusable water bottle can make all the difference. According to reuseit.com 60 billion single-use containers were purchased in 2006 and plastic bottles are the most prevalent source of pollution found on beaches. You can do your part to reduce the consumption of bottled water, just by buying a reusable water bottle. It's easy, and you can find a variety of reusable water bottles to fit your lifestyle.

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I turn off faucets tightly after each use, and if I notice a leaky faucet, I report it using the online Maintenance Request Form.

Living on campus comes with many perks. One of these perks is that if something is broken, you can let the Housing team know and they can help you out. If you have a leaky faucet or a broken light, let the team fix them and ensure that your room is top quality and sustainable.


I wash my clothes in cold water.

A majority of the energy used by washing machines is to heat the water. If possible, use colder water temperatures settings to save energy. If necessary, you can purchase cold water detergent that will help get your clothes even more clean.

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I keep a pitcher of cold water in my refrigerator to minimize the amount of water wasted while waiting for tap water to become cold.

Think of how much sugar-loaded sodas and other bottled beverages you go through. Think of how much time you spend at the drinking fountain while waiting for the water to get cold. Keeping a pitcher of water in your fridge will also help it maintain an even temperature when you have less in your fridge, resulting in lower energy use.

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I only wash my clothes when I have a full load.

The washer uses the same amount of energy whether or not it is full; to save energy run only full loads. Not only will this save energy, but it will also help get your laundry done faster!

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I only shampoo and/or condition once during my shower.

Shampooing only once will help you minimize your shower time and help reduce your water consumption. Shampooing only once will still get your hair nice and clean and help you be more sustainable.


I utilize a water filtration pitcher instead of buying bottled water.

Water filtration pitchers will provide you with cleaner and healthier water. It will provide you with the same taste as bottled water at a much lower cost and won't fill up landfills with bottled water.

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While washing dishes, I fill up the sink to avoid letting the water run.

By filling up the sink and not letting the water run while washing dishes you can drastically reduce your water consumption. Not only is this one of the most efficient ways to wash your dishes, but it is also extremely sustainable!

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While in the shower, I turn off the water when I'm not using it.

Known as the "soap and save" or "military shower" this method turns off the water while you are lathering up. You can save about two-thirds of the water that you usually use during your normal shower.

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I shave from a filled sink or a bucket instead of with running water.

Shaving from a sink or bucket will help reduce your water consumption. Filling a sink or bucket with a few inches of water to rinse the razor will help reduce your water consumption.

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When washing my hands, I turn off the water while I lather.

The standard faucet uses between two and three gallons of water per minute and over the course of the year, that can add up. By simply turning off the water while you lather your hands you can save over 10,000 gallons of water a year. That's a big saving for the environment!

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I turn off the tap while I brush my teeth.

The standard faucet uses two to three gallons of water per minute and over the course of the year, that can add up. When you aren't using the water, giving a quick flick of the wrist can save up to eight gallons of water a day, and don't worry, you can turn it back on when you need it again.

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I have taken steps to reduce my shower time such as buying a shower timer or listening to music to keep track of the time.

Most showers on campus use about three gallons of water every minute they are turned on. Reducing your time in the shower will save energy and our precious resource, water.

Why should I spend less time in the shower?

  • For myself. Spending less time in the shower could mean a few more precious moments snuggled up in bed or for breakfast before you leave.
  • For the environment. Heating water for use in the shower is the second biggest use of energy in your home. The shower is a big contributor to your home's carbon emissions. By taking a shorter shower you'll reduce your carbon footprint which helps prevent global warming.

Set a timer for yourself and waste less water and time every day when you shower!

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