» Conservation Tips

Whether you are taking part in this years Eco-Olympics or are simply looking to reduce energy and/or water consumption, it is important to help save the environment for future generations. Easy changes to daily routines make a significant impact on energy and water use. Take a look at the advice below and start making a difference today.

Eco-Olympics Participants: Want to see how your efforts are working? Check out your hall's standing with The Scorecard.

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Energy Conservation

  • light bulbUnplug your electronics when not in use. Believe it or not, they are still using electricity even when turned off if they are plugged into a power outlet.

  • The biggest energy-consuming appliance is the air conditioning unit, so use the A/C sparingly. If it must be used, try to turn it on either in the evening or early morning, not during peak hours of the day.

  • Turn the lights off when you leave the room. You'd be surprised how often they are left on when no one is in the room.

  • To combine fitness with energy saving, take the stairs instead of the elevator. It is much faster than the elevator, it requires no electricity, and you can fit a little cardio into your daily routine.

  • If your apartment is outfitted with a dishwasher, air-dry your dishes instead of using the drying cycle on the dishwasher.

  • Make sure that your window(s) are closed while running the air conditioning.

  • Raising the thermostat by a few degrees when running the A/C can significantly decrease energy consumption.

  • Check that your lamps have energy-saving light bulbs.

  • Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer. Desktops use more energy.

  • If you want to get a printer, try to get an Energy Star qualified printer that saves a large amount of energy compared to other printers.

Water Conservation

  • picture of a poolEvery shower in Chapman's residential halls is equipped with a 5- minute timer to give residents an idea of how long a shower should take. Try to finish by the time the 5 minutes is up, or even before then!

  • Do not run the sink water while brushing your teeth. If you see your roommates running the water unnecessarily, politely remind them about the drought and the effort to conserve water.

  • If your apartment is outfitted with a dishwasher, be sure to only run it with full loads of dishes and when absolutely necessary.

  • When doing laundry, wait until you have a full load of clothes to wash. This will save you money as well as water!

  • If you notice a leak in your shower or toilet, contact Facilities Management by filling out a Work Request here.

  • Turn the faucet off while washing your hands and turn it back on only to rinse the soap off.

  • For further details on water conservation, visit our page on California's Drought.