February 2nd, 2011
If you are concerned, or want to be concerned, about the sustainability of Mother Earth and the environment then pursing an education online is great— everything is done online which prevents the waste of paper and the killing of trees. And since you don't need to drive to campus every day, you reduce your carbon footprint by preventing the excess release of toxins into the air. But there are even more ways you can be eco-friendly starting with the transformation of your work/study area at home. To learn some simple ways how, continue reading below.
The first thing you can do to contribute your part to protecting the environment is to make sure that your work/study area is properly equipped with eco-friendly tools and appliances. This is not to say that you need to purchase a computer made from recycled parts, but there are little things you can buy to help you on your mission. By far the easiest way to do this is to buy compact fluorescent bulbs. They are a little more costly than regular light bulbs but since they don't get as hot as the others, they work to conserve energy. They are also more durable, so you don't have to change them out as often. If you need to purchase a desk or a filing cabinet for example, then don't buy it new. Instead, scour your local thrift stores or shop at a garage sale. You also want to make sure that you invest in a good power strip cord to conserve energy. The way to do this is to plug all your lamps, lap top charger, cell phone charger etc. into the prongs on the power strip cord and then unplug the power strip cord when you are done for the day.
Another way to be eco-friendly and be decorative at the same time is to place some plants around your study area. The plants will work to absorb any pollutants that happen to be floating around in the air. Lastly, you want to make sure that you are using and disposing paper products responsibly. Even though you won't use as much paper as a student who attends a traditional school, it's important that if you decide to print out documents that you use the double-sided printer settings and use printer paper made from recycled materials. Make sure that you are recycling any paper that you use and purchase an e-version of your textbook if it is available. Also avoid using paperclips and staplers if possible—these items are also harmful to the environment. You can simply fold the pages to hold them together or invest in an eco-stapler. These devices don't use actual staples to bind paper together.