Tips for making your study space more green
1. Clean the air around you with a nice indoor plant
- Whether you work in your office or a small corner in your room, having a plant around will filter your air and naturally turn carbon dioxide into oxygen for fresh air to breathe. This will increase concentration and allow your body to work better, letting you be more productive with your work.
2. Limit your paper usage
- Limit your paper usage by writing your notes on your computer, laptop or iPad. Reduce writing notes on scrap paper as it will most likely just be thrown away in the near future. By making use of present technology and reducing your paper usage, you will be reducing your carbon footprint.
3. Utilise the daylight!
- Open the windows during the day to make most of the natural light that you have. This will help emissions by not having the lights turned on during the day. It is now believed that exposure to natural light opposed to artificial light has benefits of fighting against bacteria and common illnesses.
- Spending too much time in front of artificial light (or your computer screen) may eventually lead to having negative effects on your vision. Take a few minutes every hour to give your eyes a break.
4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse
- Reduce the number of waste you throw away, write notes on your computer rather than on a piece of paper.
- Reuse water bottles instead of using paper or Styrofoam cups you may have laying around.
- Recycle your scrap pieces of paper by putting them into the recycling bin.
- Refuse buying things you believe you may not need. This can help the environment but will also help your pocket in the long run.
5. Your computer eats up energy too!
- Once you have finished with your studying for the day, make sure you switch your computer off and ensure the PowerPoint is turned off at the wall. A common myth is starting a computer uses more energy than leaving it on, however like most appliances at home, it is best to turn your computer off when you are done using it.
- Most computers have an energy-saving mode that you can switch on which uses very little power.