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Going green in College dorms is easier than most people think. Minor adjustments to some daily routines can save money and reduce negative effect on the environment. The minor adjustment can be broken down into seven easy tips.

1.  Local Furnishings

Many students come from great distances, sometimes making several trips just to bring back heavy furniture. This can cost hundreds of dollars in gas.

This can be avoided by shopping locally for used or refurbished furniture.

2. Second Hand

Many students buy all new decorations and appliances for their dorms without realizing how many times they will have to move, then breaking them in the process.

Try shopping at eBay Local or Craigslist. Sometimes appliances like television sets, coffee makers, and lamps can be found at garage sales or flea markets for dirt cheap price.

3. Possible free stuff

Students graduate all the time, meaning they don’t want to drag anything extra back home.

Take advantage of free stuff.

4.  Air conditioning

Air conditioning uses large amounts of electricity. Cracking the window open and turning off AC at night will air out the room while reducing CO2 emissions. In warmer states consider buying Energy-Star AC units.

5. Cycling

Most collages campuses are set up for walking and cycling.

This means that cycling around campus is going to be the fastest way to get around. Also helps with daily exercise needs.

6. Paper as decoration.

Colored paper can be used from ambient lampshades to wall decorations. All it takes is some creative thinking. When the time comes to move out, just recycle it.

7. Lights

Using less light is always great way to stay green.

Many dorms have fixtures that contain two florescent light bulbs. Take one out to alleviate hospital like atmosphere, while using less electricity. Replacing old light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs will also do the trick.