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Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can waste gasoline. So slow down even when you’re not on campus!

ReThink The Year

Be Energy Efficient Year 'Round

You can save as much as 10 percent a year on your utility bill by simply turning your thermostat down during heating season, up during cooling season or off when you leave home for more than two hours.

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving and save 4 gallons a minute. That is 200 gallons a week for a family of four.

Don't use the rinse hold on your dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it. Save energy, water and money.

Let your dishes air dry. If you don't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will air dry.

Check door seals on refrigerators and freezers. Place a dollar bill in the door as you close - if it does not hold firmly, the seal is worn and needs to be replaced. A refrigerator door that does not close tightly will increase heat gain and cause the refrigerator to run more.

Match pan size to element size when cooking. For small pans, use a small burner and for large pans use a large burner. Using the wrong sized element will cause you to use more energy to cook than when the pan size fits the element size.

Use glass or ceramic pans when cooking in ovens. This way your can reduce the cooking temperature by 25 degrees and your food will cook just as quickly.

Use the garbage disposal sparingly - compost instead and save gallons of water every time.

Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.

Word on the Street

Erin Yepis, former UF Student says,

“My rommies and I were able to save by simply flipping a switch. Whenever we left a room, we made sure that we turned off the lights. It was that easy!”

Erin