Save Money by Staying Green in Your Apartment

There are a million tips for "Going Green" and saving money. But honestly, if you try to implement them all, you might end up overwhelmed and give up. Here are three easy things you can do to help the environment, while saving some cash.

Apartment bedroom at Lyon's Corner

  1. Turn it off. It can be easy to neglect the value of shutting off electronics and unplugging appliances when they are not in use. But whenever something is "ON," it is constantly sucking up energy, which drives up your utility bill. Reduce your carbon footprint and bills by just unplugging.

  2. Work it out. Save money on gas by walking or biking instead of driving. When its too cold or hot to take be outdoors, take the bus (check out a full bus schedule here). Trust us, you don't want to deal with the stress of last-minute parking on or around campus. Save your health, wallet and the planet by giving yourself enough time to get places with alternate means of transportation.

  3. Go digital. You can do almost everything online now. Ask for all your statements to be delivered digitally. Professors can't print out syllabi anymore; and you shouldn't either, just save it on your desktop. Any time you can avoid printing hard copies you are also avoiding printing fees and paper waste.

Gainesville Regional Utilities offers some additional energy-saving tips.

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