By Strategic Planning Energy and Implementation Intern Tucker Jaroll
Laptops, cellphones, printers, microwaves, mini fridges–these things are necessities for freshmen, not just at Indiana University, but everywhere. We know what we use, but how many students really know how much energy they’re using on campus? When people live on their own and are paying their own bills, they are more aware of how much energy they are consuming, because they see the prices of their bill rise if they leave their lights or television on all of the time. It’s hard to know how much energy you’re consuming while on campus, and because of that, it can sometimes be harder to be aware of your actual usage.
Some studies say that at the average university in the United States uses an average of 18.9 kilowatt hours of electricity and 17 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot annually. That really adds up at an institution like IU, where we have more than 17 million gross square feet. While IU strives for LEED Gold certifications with the construction of their new buildings, makes use of solar panels, and participates in the IU Energy Challenge, there are always more things that students, faculty, and staff can do in order to reduce the amount of energy at Indiana University.
Some ways you can be more energy efficient on IU’s campus:
•Carpool or use the bus instead of using a personal car
•Shut off your computer or television when you aren’t using it
•Take shorter showers to conserve water
•Shut off the lights when you are leaving the room
•Print double sided–why waste 30 pieces of paper when you can only waste 15?
•Recycle, recycle, recycle!