How to Help Your Community as a Student

How to Help Your Community as a Student

Act locally, not globally! Here's how to help your community as a student.

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It's easy to get caught up in the troubles of the world and forget that you can make a big difference in your own community. Here are some ways you can help.

Support Local Businesses

One of the most important ways you can help your community thrive is by buying locally. This means going to local businesses instead of to chain stores like Walmart and Starbucks. Instead, hit up your local coffee shop and help your small business owner neighbors succeed in their dream.

Get Involved as a Volunteer

Volunteering is another way you can really help your community. You don't have to spend countless hours as a volunteer, but even just a couple of hours a week can make a massive difference. Help out at your local homeless shelter or humane society and give back to your community.

Help Your Community Go Green

With climate change a hot topic, it's easy to feel discouraged by our government's unwillingness to make changes. But you don't have to wait on your government to make changes in order to make a difference. Put together a group of people in your community to help everyone go green. You can have events like beach cleanups or information meetings about going solar or reducing waste. Not only will this help your local community, but it'll help the earth as well.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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