Green Living Guide | Energy | UNB

Energy

Reducing energy use limits the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in our environment, which play a significant role in our current climate crisis. Furthermore, energy costs are the 2nd biggest expense in residences. Cutting back on your energy use directly translates to more money in your wallet.

Reducing your energy consumption not only benefits the environment but also is safer and cheaper for you in the long run.  

Electronics: 

Fact

Up to 40% of the annual energy consumption of electronic devices occurs when they’re turned off.
Source

Act

Unplug your devices when you're finished with them.

Try to use items available in common areas, such as TVs, fridges, and printers, before purchasing individual ones for your room. 

Buy a smart power strip for the electronics you do plug in to manage them more efficiently. 

Laundry: 

Fact

90% of energy used to wash clothes goes into heating the water.
Source

Act

Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot water – it works just as well and will help your clothes last longer. 

Heating: 

Fact:

Heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy usage in the average Canadian home. 
Source

Act:

Clothing is the easiest way to moderate your thermal comfort. Dress appropriately for the season.

In the winter, don’t open the window with the heat on. Simply turn the thermostat down and wait for the temperature to adjust. 

Leaving your place? Adjust the thermostat to room temperature (20 degrees Celsius)  

*If you don’t have a thermostat in your room, report that it is too hot/cold to your landlord/residence advisor.