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At Home

Click the titles below to find out how you can conserve our natural resources in your home. 

Energy Conservation
  • Utilize natural light
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Un-plug electronics when not in use
  • Set your computer/laptop to sleep when not in use
  • Set the thermostat to a moderate temperature: when heating 68-72 and when cooling 74-78
  • Wash your clothes in cold water
Water Conservation
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Take shorter showers
  • Install low flow shower heads
  • Wash only full loads of laundry
  • Wash only full loads of dishes
  • Fix any leaky faucets
Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Avoid disposable products (cups, plates, silverware, coffee mugs etc.)
  • Print double sided when you have to print
  • Start a compost bin
  • Bring your recycling to ETSU (click to find our what you can recycle here)
  • Buy from thrift stores
  • Avoid junk mail
  • Pack your lunch in a reusable container
  • Take your own to-go container to restaurants
Alternative Transportation
  • Carpool whenever possible
  • Walk or bike when appropriate
  • Avoid one stop trips
  • Utilize public transportation



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