What You Can Do
Below are simple ways to live more sustainably at IU.
To kick off the RPS Challenge, we're asking you to start downstairs: the laundry room. Washing machines and dryers use a Y-U-G-E amount of energy and water. Follow these tips to reduce your laundry energy & water use up to 30% while protecting your clothes:
Full Load, "Cold-Cold", and High Spin. Put in a full load and use those two settings reduces water and energy use (heating water uses a lot of energy!). What's wrong with warm water? Warm water shrinks your clothes and fades your colors. Cold water cleans your clothes the same as warm water.
Clean out the lint trap before starting the dryer. Your clothes will dry faster and use less energy. Full lint traps are also a fire hazard.
Leave The Room? Turn 'Em Off. It's that simple.
Water: Rinse, Sing, and Report Leaks
Rinse, Don't Run. Wet your toothbrush. Fill your cup. Turn off the water and smile because your teeth are so fresh and so clean, and you’re reducing water, which accounts for 16% of our water use on campus.
Sing a Song. Most people could shower in a shorter amount of time. Residents use about 18% of their water with long showers. A good rule of thumb: belt out your favorite song in the shower. Turn off the water and dry off once you hit that last note. Plus, you’ll be ready for the next karaoke night!
Report Leaks. 14% of water we use is due to wasteful leaks and drips. See a leak or constant dripping in your dorm or around campus? First, check to see if the faucet is turned off all the way. If it’s turned off and still going, then report the leak here.