5 Eco-Friendly Tips for College Students Living Off Campus

Here are some tips that will not only help the environment, but your bank account as well.

Traveling to Classes:

  • Consider walking or biking to class if your campus is close enough. Doing so, you can contribute to reducing greenhouse gasses in our environment and increase your daily activity levels.
  • If you must use a car, plan accordingly with your friend’s schedules and carpool to campus.
  • Another alternative option can be to utilize Uber, and split the fair among friends.

Making Extra Cash:

  • Take advantage of the bottles and cans you may have empty around your house or apartment. Find the closest bottle and can return station and receive cash for recycling! Find unique ways to split this money among your housemates, whether it’s towards cleaning supplies or a pizza night.

Sticking to the Basics:

  • Turn off your lights. Yes, your mom was right when she used to sound like a broken record telling you to shut off your lights when you left a room. But turning off several lights when not needed can add up and make a difference on your energy bills.
  • In addition to lighting, also be sure to unplug any appliance that may not be in use. For example, phone & laptop chargers, fans, toasters, stereos, and coffeemakers to list a few.

Printing:

  • We all know those lengthy research papers and countless amounts of articles, essays, and notes add up to hundreds of sheets of paper in a given semester.
    Encourage your professors to allow sending assignments via email or through an online program your college may use.
  • If you must print and hand in several assignments, be sure to carefully proof read on your computer, before making the final decision to print. This will avoid printing several times, and will definitely cut back on unnecessary ink used.
  • To get rid of your empty ink and toner cartridges, recycle them to a local Staples or Office Max – and even earn rewards for doing so!
  • You can also take advantage of the option to print double sided, which can cut back tremendously on the amount of paper you’re required to use.

Finding a Hobby:

  • If you have yard space, show off your green thumb and plant a small vegetable garden. This will save you from purchasing produce that can be expensive at the grocery stores, and can cut down the frequency you need to drive to one. Having your own garden can operate as a stress reliever to your everyday workload, and can also encourage yourself and friends to eat healthier.

Moving off campus into your own house or apartment with friends can be an exciting next step in your life. However, with that comes increased responsibility and tasks you may not have had to worry about before. Being conscious of your everyday habits can help you stay on track financially, and can even assist in making a difference in the environment.

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