The Green Book Top 10 Tips for Saving Energy and Money

  1. Take a shorter shower (each minute uses 5 gallons of water).
  2. Turn off water when brushing teeth or washing dishes.
  3. Turn down (winter)/up (summer) your thermostat one degree (1 degree will save $100/year, 2 degrees, $200, etc.).
  4. Light bulbs—dust them and use energy-saving bulbs.
  5. Recycle as much as you can.
  6. Take your own re-usable shopping bags to the store.
  7. Look for biodegradable products—check the labels.
  8. Carpool whenever possible—plan errands so you drive the shortest routes.
  9. Keep curtains/shades closed as much as possible.
  10.  Unplug appliances (toaster, coffee maker) when not in use.

∗ Provided by the RDLS 0100 students.

Metropolitan Community College is doing thier part to promote energy conservation and to guide others in the movement. Below are some links to help you do your part.


Calculate the cost of 10,000 hours of light (Provided by the MATH 1240 students.) - PDF

Calculate the cost of using electrical devices or appliances (Provided by the MATH 1240 students.) - PDF

Lowes - the EPA & U.S. Department of Energy ENERGY STAR® Award has been given to Lowe's for promoting products that meet the highest energy and water efficiency standards.

Metropolitan Community College - going green information.

Metropolitan Community College - service learning.

Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging - helping older Nebraskans live independently and remain for as long as possible in their own homes.

Energy Savers – find energy saving strategies for your home.

EnergyStar – find energy saving tips, EnergyStar products and homebuilders as well as commercial building energy management resources.

Conduct your own home energy audit at

Frequently asked questions about compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

OPPD - Energy Information Center.

Permaculture Principles - sustainable landscape information.

Permaculture - more sustainable landscape information.

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum - community landscaping information.

Natures Companion - plant information.

Energy Conservation