It’s easy being green

Some tips for eco-friendly dorm dwellers

While saving the environment is probably not on the minds of most college students as they move back into the dorms after winter break, there are some nifty ways for students to stay eco-friendly without taking too much time away from studying, parties or eating microwavable noodles:

Recycle: The campuses at Chico State and Butte College have strong recycling programs. All a dorm- or apartment-dwelling student must do is make a conscious effort to toss moving boxes, cans of Red Bull and failed tests into the proper receptacles.

Save water: If you haven’t invested in a water pitcher with a water filter and a reusable water bottle, it’s time to do so. Not only are you provided with clean, fresh water at the turn of a faucet, but you’re not supporting plastic bottle companies that have shipped their product across the country.

Save electricity: Use a surge protector. This way, when you go to leave your room, you can unplug your cell-phone charger, laptop and TV all at once. As for the thermostat, keep it at 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in summer to limit work for the air conditioner. And finally, make sure you have a full load of dirty clothes before you do laundry. Permission to procrastinate granted.