One thing I really love about Ball State is the emphasis they place on living green. The building I live in – DeHority – for example, is a LEED certified building, meaning it meets certain environmentally-oriented requirements.
However, you can do more in your time at Ball State than just live in an environmentally friendly residence hall. For example, in my building, each room has a thermostat and two light switches. One way you can automatically reduce your energy footprint is by turning your thermostat two to three degrees above/below your normal temperature depending on the season. In the fall and spring, you can honestly turn it all the way off and open a window to let in cool/warm air.
Speaking of windows, instead of wasting energy with your overhead light, always turn it off when the sun’s out or when you’re out of your room. I always only turn one of the switches on in my room; it saves energy and you don’t really even notice a difference! Also, if you’re like me and prefer a warmer colored light as opposed to the sterile white of many fluorescent bulbs, you can buy personal lamps that use energy efficient bulbs to give your room a homey glow!
If you’re looking for more tips and tricks about how to make your life more green, visit the BEAT (the Ball State Energy Action Team) website at http://thebeat.iweb.bsu.edu/. It’s a really neat organization to follow or become involved in!