But how about some resolutions that will help not only you, but the environment as well? EcoAction presents some green New Year's resolutions that you can keep even on campus.
- Turn off your water when brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers. Every minute the shower is turned off can save 7 gallons of water.
- Blow dry your hair every other day - or better yet, air dry your hair. Hair dryers, on average, use 1875 watts, more than a television, a clock, your radio, and your laptop.
- Turn off the thermostat when your windows are open.
- Turn off your laptop's screensaver.
- Turn off your laptop at night. Using standby or hibernation mode every night can put 115 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year - not to mention drain your laptop's battery.
- Use a powerstrip and unplug unused electronics.
- Turn off your light when you're not in your room.
- Buy organic or local products, whether it's going to the farmer's market at DuPont Circle (every Sunday), Whole Foods on Wisconsin, or buying an organic cotton t-shirt instead of a conventional one.
- Use a reusable bag when you go shopping or at Grab-and-Go. The Corp and EcoAction both sell reusable bags for/from Corp stores and Leo's respectively.
- Use a reusable cup when you go to Mug - and get a discount.
- Recycle. Georgetown recycles paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, batteries, and cell phones.
- Invest in a reusable water bottle and a Brita filter.
- Buy used text books.
- Get educated. Stay tuned for a post about EcoAction's favorite environmental movies and books!
Have a safe and happy new year!