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(TreeHugger)   If you're in college and you really want to consider yourself environmentally conscious, you need to lose the microwave and mini-fridge   (treehugger.com) divider line 23
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2013-10-02 08:49:41 AM
As a former hall director, my gales of laughter are competing with my tears of empathy for the managing staff.

/the residents will just throw a sheet over the microfridge anyway. Most schools have a voluntary privacy policy about only looking at what's visible during room inspections.
 
2013-10-02 08:56:12 AM
1.  This is like the, "if you drive a car, you are a hypocrite for thinking our energy policy is flawed," bullshiat derp argument.

2.  Communal fridges sound like an invitation to dorm hall stabbings.

3. Banning hot plates didn't stop the dozens of people in our dorm from actually having them.
 
2013-10-02 08:56:36 AM
That could be extended to everybody.  Refrigeration is a pretty huge part of electrical consumption in the US, I think it's on the order of 15%.  Going with improved efficiency refrigerators on a national scale would go a long way.
 
2013-10-02 08:58:05 AM
And where does the microwave rule come from. I know we're talking about school administrators here, but surely they know that microwaves don't pull 1500W when they're not actually cooking?
 
2013-10-02 09:00:29 AM
yeaj, I don't get the microwave ban either. Sure, they draw a lot of power when cooking, but only for short times.
 
2013-10-02 09:02:58 AM
Cafeteria food was good enough for me. It'll be good enough for my kid.
 
2013-10-02 09:08:49 AM

brimed03: As a former hall director, my gales of laughter are competing with my tears of empathy for the managing staff.

/the residents will just throw a sheet over the microfridge anyway. Most schools have a voluntary privacy policy about only looking at what's visible during room inspections.


Room inspections? When was this? I certainly didn't have any back in the late '90s/early '00s.
 
2013-10-02 09:20:53 AM

naughtyrev: brimed03: As a former hall director, my gales of laughter are competing with my tears of empathy for the managing staff.

/the residents will just throw a sheet over the microfridge anyway. Most schools have a voluntary privacy policy about only looking at what's visible during room inspections.

Room inspections? When was this? I certainly didn't have any back in the late '90s/early '00s.


I was a dorm manager around 2004. Rooms were checked briefly, in the presence of the student before reading weeks and holiday breaks. We had old-ass radiators that had a tendency to explode if students had them set too low and/or left a window open. We only cared about your bong or underage booze if you left it out for your pre-arranged check, in which case you deserved to be busted for stupidity.
 
2013-10-02 09:22:56 AM

naughtyrev: brimed03: As a former hall director, my gales of laughter are competing with my tears of empathy for the managing staff.

/the residents will just throw a sheet over the microfridge anyway. Most schools have a voluntary privacy policy about only looking at what's visible during room inspections.

Room inspections? When was this? I certainly didn't have any back in the late '90s/early '00s.


My RA ("Residence Advisor"...fancy term for hall director) would walk by rooms say "I can smell stuff, but I can't see anything".  As long as you had your door closed and he couldn't see it, he didn't care.  My dorm neighbors had a deep fryer.
 
2013-10-02 09:24:13 AM
I can see banning the fridge in every room, seeing as a college student most likely keep little to nothing in them most of the time, but how are individual microwaves a problem?
 
2013-10-02 09:33:52 AM
Another reason to live off campus.
 
2013-10-02 09:38:21 AM

mrlewish: Another reason to live off campus.


At Ohio State (in 2000 when I was a freshman), you had to live on campus your freshman year unless you met certain requirements.  So sometimes it isn't an option.
 
2013-10-02 09:51:16 AM

Burr: mrlewish: Another reason to live off campus.

At Ohio State (in 2000 when I was a freshman), you had to live on campus your freshman year unless you met certain requirements.  So sometimes it isn't an option.


Another reason to avoid Ohio State.
 
2013-10-02 09:55:44 AM
Why not just turn off the air conditioning? That is the most egregious waste of power and additive to "global warming".
 
2013-10-02 09:58:07 AM

naughtyrev: Room inspections? When was this? I certainly didn't have any back in the late '90s/early '00s.


You probably did.

Supposedly they came in and checked things like smoke detectors and what not every once in a while.

Our RA announced them at the weekly meetings nobody went to.
 
2013-10-02 10:26:56 AM
Funny how they are worried about microwaves and fridges. If they only knew of the countless contraband items we had in our dorm rooms they would've probably melted like they guy in Raiders of the Lost Ark
 
2013-10-02 10:44:42 AM

Burr: mrlewish: Another reason to live off campus.

At Ohio State (in 2000 when I was a freshman), you had to live on campus your freshman year unless you met certain requirements.  So sometimes it isn't an option.


At least at Ohio State, when I went (2005-09), they had a microfridge and microwave included in every single dorm room.
 
2013-10-02 11:08:35 AM

TheSelphie: Burr: mrlewish: Another reason to live off campus.

At Ohio State (in 2000 when I was a freshman), you had to live on campus your freshman year unless you met certain requirements.  So sometimes it isn't an option.

At least at Ohio State, when I went (2005-09), they had a microfridge and microwave included in every single dorm room.


Yep, same here.  I was in Steeb my freshman year (forget what floor) and we had the microfridge/microwave combo.  Of course, I brought a hotplate and a toaster oven...
 
2013-10-02 11:41:27 AM
 
2013-10-02 01:02:49 PM
... and your Polar Fleece and your mountain bike, and it's tires; all your solar equipment; any leather shoes you own; anything with rubber or poly-synthetics. Anything that uses electricity. Etc Etc Etc. The only solution to an all green planet is to start collecting your own farts to power the single 12 watt bulb allowed, preferably recycled out of a mercury-less former CF bulb.
 
2013-10-02 01:43:43 PM

Clemkadidlefark: ... and your Polar Fleece and your mountain bike, and it's tires; all your solar equipment; any leather shoes you own; anything with rubber or poly-synthetics. Anything that uses electricity. Etc Etc Etc. The only solution to an all green planet is to start collecting your own farts to power the single 12 watt bulb allowed, preferably recycled out of a mercury-less former CF bulb.


You too good for LED lighting?

/smug mode off
 
2013-10-02 02:01:48 PM
Bar fridges can consume 800 watts, and having one in every dorm room adds up.

According to what I've read online, mini fridge use more like 80 watts of power, not 800.  In other words, about as much as a light bulb.
 
2013-10-02 04:19:07 PM

2chris2: Bar fridges can consume 800 watts, and having one in every dorm room adds up.

According to what I've read online, mini fridge use more like 80 watts of power, not 800.  In other words, about as much as a light bulb.


This. I bought one for my daughter in the spring, the university she is attending had a power limit for a fridge (can't remember off hand what it was) and pretty much every model came in way under that. 80 watts seems about right for what I ended up buying.
 
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