It’s easier to ignore conserving energy when you’re not responsible for footing the bill – or at least when you think you’re not responsible for footing the bill.
FYI: For most colleges and universities, a percentage of your tuition goes towards energy costs and that percentage can be much higher for on-campus students. Or if you’re living in a group house, you are probably paying the utility bill in addition to your rent.
Laundry day on campus usually ends like this for me: I’ve run my clothes through the washers at least 2x (have to make sure they’re clean, right?). Depending on how well the dryer did its job, I’ve run my clothes through the dryers twice. I’ve blown hours and a lot of quarters unnecessarily, yet I walk away satisfied. Interestingly enough, I would have never washed or dried my clothes that many times at home!
Colleges and universities benefit even more than homeowners when proper energy monitoring and usage practices are employed. So, when laundry day rolls around, keep these three easy tips in mind to help your school conserve energy:
1. Wash only full loads
Each time you run the washer or dryer, you’re using electricity, water, and usually energy to heat the water. You can reduce your school’s energy, electricity, and water usage just by being practical with your washing habits. Although it doesn’t put any more money in your pockets, it’s the right small thing to do for the environment.
2. Wash your clothes in cold water
Unless the directions specifically call for warm or hot water, using cold water to wash your clothes is just as effect as using hot water. Just remember to use cold-water specific detergents.
3. Air-dry your clothes
This isn’t always the most practical way of drying your clothes, especially during the rainy season and winter, but it is a good alternative to machine drying. You can purchase clothes drying racks at most stores and set it up outside or in a dry area (possibly the kitchen if your dorm is a suite).