Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Five Simple Actions to Start Taking Now

Get active.  Join a group or organize your own in your dorm or department. Join the Facebook group to stay up-to-date on the latest the Green Initiative news and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Turn it off.  Turn off lights, computers, and other appliances when not in use.  Set your computer to go to sleep automatically when left idle:  sleep mode saves energy, but screen savers do not.  Plug your electronics and other appliances into power strips that can be shut off at the end of the day. About 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.

Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls).  According to the EPA: if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

Turn off water when washing your hands, brushing your teeth, and when washing dishes.

Share your actions with your friends and co-workers.  You can double your impact by educating yourself and sharing your thoughts and actions with others.

Ready to learn more?  Visit the How to Go Green section.