Energy Diet

Zong Yu Dorm

I’m a Chinese woman living in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, which is in the northeastern part of China. As a university student in Harbin Institute of Technology, I live together with my three roommates in the dormitory. Though we came from different cities, we’ve become good friends who share both the crowded space and most of the stories happening in each other’s lives, just like a family, which I consider as one of the luckiest things in college life. In my daily life, I spend most of my time reading, intellectually or casually chatting, appreciating art works, visiting new places and doing various sports, especially jogging and badminton. I’m aware of the energy shortage problem and happy to get access to this energy diet program.


China Participants

Your Points Percentile:
Total Country Participants:

At Home (41%)

  • Changed thermostat
  • Changed settings on refrigerator, freezer, water heater and washer
  • Replaced at least one third of light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
  • Disconnected electronic devices when not in use

Wild Card Items

  • Eliminated second freezer or refrigerator
  • Insulated water heater
  • Replaced appliances with green-certified products
  • Hung clothes up to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Sealed all of the windows and doors
  • My own action: Read near the window to make full use of the natural light and reduce lamp use

Food (81%)

  • Ate a vegetarian diet one day a week
  • Cut down on take-away meals
  • Limited daily intake of beef to 8 ounces
  • Switched to sustainable seafood

Wild Card Items

  • Started a food-based garden
  • Ate vegan or raw for a certain number of days per week
  • Bought grass-fed beef instead of conventional
  • Gave up at least one processed food
  • My own action: stop going to restaurants unless very special occasion

Transportation (25%)

  • Drove no faster than the posted the speed limit, avoided rapid acceleration or braking
  • Removed extra weight from car, inflated tires
  • Used public transportation instead of driving
  • Reduced your planned air travel by one trip

Wild Card Items

  • Bought carbon offsets for travel
  • Carpooled or found a ride-sharing program
  • Invested in a more fuel-efficient car
  • My own action: walk more and take the bus less

Waste Disposal And Reduction (90%)

  • Recycled all glass, aluminum, plastic, batteries and paper
  • Eliminated advertising mail
  • Changed to paperless billing
  • Eliminated the use of plastic and paper bags

Wild Card Items

  • Began composting at home
  • Used biodegradable bags for trash or walking the dog
  • Recycled or donated old athletic shoes and clothes
  • Recycled or donated old electronics

Water Use (55%)

  • Gave up bottled water
  • Turned off tap when brushing teeth, scrubbing dishes
  • Shortened showering time
  • Replaced shower head with a low-flow model

Wild Card Items

  • Used xeriscaping for yard
  • Installed a rain barrel to collect water for garden, lawn and plants
  • Installed a low-flow toilet
  • My own action: whenever I go to the public washrooms I check the taps and turn off the ones that aren't fully turned off

What You Buy (100%)

  • Tallied stats for water, electricity, natural gas and gasoline use
  • Switched to organic produce
  • Switched to eco-friendly cleaning methods
  • Switched to locally made (non-produce) products where possible

Wild Card Items

  • Cut use of disposable items
  • Repaired or extended use of clothing items
  • Stopped using wrapping paper for gifts
  • Changed Printing Habits
  • Rented or borrowed instead of buying infrequently used items
  • My own action: Write notes on the back of single-side printed paper to make full use
Total Points: 440

Can’t believe it will be the last post. How time flies! I remember the excitement when I first heard this program and decided to take part in it. I expected a great change in my life and quite much pressure coming around the corner. But you see, I’ve got through it and now, I have…

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Slower, but Happier

  I feel a little awkward when thinking about the topic of transportation on the diet, since I neither own a car nor plan to own one. That really restricts me when I want to tick more boxes on our checklist, doesn’t it? ; ) Seriously, I like the transportation conditions I have now, which…

Consuming Less and Better

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Better Eating, Better Living

Well, I really like to talk about the efforts we’ve made on food category,which has the most influential effect on our life. To tell you the truth, I was not so good at taking care of my health when I first came to the university. Far away from home, with sudden freedom from parental guidance,…

Creative Recycling at Our Dorm

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Actually, I’ve found it difficult to tally my stats for the gross amount of many forms of energy we used, except the electricity. You know, here in China, a dorm is usually shared by more than four students, and we are not an exception. The electricity used in a dormitory is calculated as a whole.…

Dieting With My Roommates

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