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December 2017 Newsletter

Reduce Vampire Energy!

Remember to unplug all of your non-essential devices before you leave for the holidays.
THANKS!
Community Events

*Saturday December 2, 2017
GreeND Warren Dunes Fall Trip
Time: All Day
Location: Warren Dunes State Park

*Sunday December 3, 2017
Film: Fukushima Mon Amour
Time: 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Location: Browning Cinema

*Thursday, February 1, 2018
Undergraduate Sustainability Research and Education Expo
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: LaFortune Ballroom
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Although it's been said many times, many ways...
Green Your Christmas!


Everyone likes a white holiday season (well, almost everyone), but most of us could do a lot more to have a green one! We’ve been thinking of easy ways to keep warm, cut down on energy use and save yourself money over what is inevitably an expensive period.
 
- Light some candles! The festive period gives you an excuse to fill your house with candles – take the opportunity to switch off some lights in the evening. Remember to be responsible and place them somewhere safe and to blow them out when you're done.
 
- If you’re planning on turning your garden into a winter wonderland, solar powered fairy lights are a great option. They’re free to run, just as easy and look great!
 
- Turn your thermostat down 1° – it won’t make much of difference to how warm your home feels but it will reduce your bills!
 
- If you're celebrating Christmas, don’t put your tree in front of the radiator! This seems obvious but I’ve been guilty of it myself when it seems like the tree won’t fit anywhere else. Blocking the radiator will waste heating and dry out your tree, shortening its lifespan and encouraging it to drop needles everywhere.
 
- Saving on heating is the perfect excuse to wear that hideous holiday sweater you bought years ago but have so far been banned from wearing.
 
- Don’t leave the lights on in empty rooms! This applies all year round, but is especially important if you’ve got a houseful for the holidays. Also, switch to LED lights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs – they use 90% less energy and are a really easy way to save money on bills.
 
- Looking up a recipe? Save your laptop for work and use a tablet instead – it uses 70% less power.
 
- Cook with lids on and use pans that are the right size for the job to avoid wasting energy.
 
- When the oven is on, fill it up. Cooking a few things at once will stop the oven having to heat up repeatedly over the course of the day. A perfect excuse to stick some pies in below your dinner!

 
 
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Contact:
Charlie Allen
Associate Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
574-631-1439

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