Congratulations on making it to the end of the semester! Finals are coming to a close, which means it’s time to start moving out. We’re here with a few quick tips so that you can prepare for break sustainably.
There is certainly something therapeutic about cleaning up at the end of the semester! Use this time to clean out your fridge, declutter your space, and do some light cleaning. This is a great way to prepare for a fresh start next semester. It’s also a wonderful time to practice smart waste disposal practices. Recycle what you can and don’t forget to compost any leftover produce at the Temple Community Garden!
Don’t turn off… Unplug!
If you live in a residence hall, you are required to unplug all electronics apart from your refrigerator, but unplugging and turning off electronics is a good practice for everyone! Devices that are plugged in can act like “energy vampires” that still use small amounts of electricity even when you aren’t using them. By unplugging, you can save yourself money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Low Heat is better than No Heat
Although it can be tempting to just turn off your heat while you’re away, doing so is risky. If your home gets too cold while you’re away, it’s possible for your pipes to freeze and burst… leaving you with an unpleasant surprise to deal with when you return. Keep your heat turned down to save energy, but high enough to prevent frozen pipes. This is typically between 55 and 60 degrees.
Follow these tips and you’ll be all set to head home in sustainable fashion. From our office, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming you back for the spring semester!