Home Life - Room
Room/Apartment: There are many housing options available to Tech students, from residence halls to neighborhood houses, all of which are great places to make small changes with positive outcomes.
1. Utilize natural sunlight and turn your lights off when they are not necessary or when you are not home.
2. Turn off and unplug electronics when they are not in use.
- Electronics use phantom power when they are not in use. Turning off your device or unplugging it minimizes this energy use.
- Try using a surge protector or power strip at home. This reduces phantom power usage, utilizes outlet space, and is safer.
- Did you know that 65% of CO2 emissions from Georgia Tech students come from their electricity usage?
3. Be aware of how the heating system in your room works and what temperatures to set it to depending on the weather outside.
- Set your thermostat to 68 in the winter when you are home and lower when you are sleeping or not home.
- Set your air conditioning to 78 in the summer when you are home and higher when you are not home.
4. Run your dishwasher only when it is full.
If each student at Tech reduced their dishwasher loads by one load per month, it would save the equivalent of 2 Olympic size or CRC size swimming pools in one year.
Did you know that washing a full load of dishes in a dishwasher uses 4-6 gallons of water while hand washing a load of dishes uses up to 20 gallons of water?
4. Use hand towels instead of paper towels in your home.