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What Does It Cost?

Some students who live on campus think, "I don’t pay the utility bills so why should I care?" While it is true that students do not get a monthly utility bill, these costs are built into the room and board rates. Each year, Housing estimates how much students may consume based on the previous year’s usage and what the utility rates will be.

Housing has estimated that the utility cost per resident is $1,903 a year. That means more than 17 percent of your room and board rate is spent to keep you warm, to keep the lights on, and to provide the energy to prepare your meals. We can lessen the impact on room and board increases by reducing our energy usage, but we’ll need your help.

What Can I Do?

The most basic thing that students can do is turn their lights off when they leave a room. It may seem like a small thing, but when you multiply it by 4,000 people it really adds up.  Many computers have a sleep mode that puts the monitor and CPU into a low power mode. A monitor and computer use 90 percent less energy when they are “asleep”.

Look for the Energy Star logo when making purchases. It can be found on over 40 different kinds of products like televisions, CD and DVD players. Go on-line to www.energystar.gov for more details. 

Use compact florescent bulbs. The spiral shape may look odd, but they give you more light with less wasted heat and only use about 1/3 of the energy. They can also last up to 10 years which will save you the aggravation of changing bulbs.

Recycling

Another critical way you can assist in taking care of our environment is to participate in your hall’s recycling program. Each resident’s room contains a blue container for recycling, in addition to a trash bin whose contents will end up in a landfill. We encourage you to separate your landfill items from your recycling. When each container is full, take them to the proper location (see back page). Your extra effort in sorting these items and minimizing landfill items will make a difference. 

Items that are recyclable include paper, aluminum, and #1-5, and 7 plastics. Items such as pizza boxes with food or grease on them are considered contaminated and are not recyclable. Styrofoam is also not recyclable 

E-Waste

Disposal of unwanted electronic devices, or e-waste, is not permitted in regular trash bins.

Suggestions

  • Conserve water by doing laundry only when you have a full load. Wash clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot water to reduce energy use even further.
  • Use natural light when available to light your room. It’s FREE.
  • Use task lights (desk lamp) rather than lighting the whole room to a bright level.
  • EIU is a compact campus. Try walking to your next class, and the class after that, and the class after that. Try carpooling if you absolutely need to drive.

Maintenance Issue Wasting Energy?

Submit repair requests (i.e., dripping faucet) at www.eiu.edu/housing/work_order.php.

Have an Idea to Save Energy?

If you have ideas to save energy, contact your hall council or submit your idea to the Campus Utilities Coordinator at rwsiegel@eiu.edu.

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