Sustainability at the University of Maryland

What Can You Do?

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In Your Residence Hall (On-Campus Students)

  • Use a Lamp. Study by a lamp instead of lighting your entire room.
  • Use CFLs. If your lamp has an incandescent light bulb, replace it with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL), which uses about 25% of the energy that incandescent bulbs use.
  • Use Natural Light. If you don’t need your lights on, don’t turn them on. Also, most hallway lights in residence halls (except Centreville Hall) can be switched off during daylight hours.
  • Lounges… Most lights can be turned off in lounges and bathrooms when the last person leaves since many of these spaces have one light fixture on at all times for safety. Air conditioners in study rooms and lounges can be turned off at night. Leave them in their Energy Conserve mode so they automatically shut off when the desired temperature is reached.
  • Post this Energywi$e flyer in your dorm reminding people to Flip the Switch
  • Turn It Off. Turn off lights, lamps, computers, printers, TVs, radios, and any other equipment when not in use.
  • Unplug It. Many electronics such as TVs, computers, cell phone chargers, electric razors, etc. still use power (phantom power load) when they are plugged in.
  • Air Condition Wisely. First of all, if it is cooler outside than it is in your room, then you do not need to run the A/C, simply open your window. If you do use A/C, set it on low and turn it off when you leave the room.
  • Shut the Window. In the winter, do not open your window to cool your room. If the heater is on too high, turn it down. Your heat convector has a control valve located under the front of the unit that can be opened (counterclockwise) and closed (clockwise) to alter the heat output.
  • During Breaks… When nobody is in the Residence Hall, make sure that you have shut off the heater or air conditioner.
  • Take Shorter Showers. This will not only save on water but it saves on the tremendous amount of energy required to heat water.
  • Laundry… Wash clothes only when they need to be washed and only run full loads. Use cold or warm water instead of hot, which will save on energy. Hang dry your clothes as much as possible. To get that stiff feeling out, throw your clothes in the dryer for five minutes.
  • Report Maintenance Issues. Keep sink faucets and shower fixtures from dripping and report those that do.

At Home

Waste Management

Dining (On and Off Campus)

In Your Classes


At Work




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