Our primary objective of stopping global warming but also carry added benefits such as cost savings, benefits to the wider economy, benefits to our health and overall quality of life.
Use CFL light Bulbs
Low energy light bulbs use less than 20% of the energy of a conventional light bulb and more importantly can last up to 15 times longer. There are currently two types of low energy light bulbs on the market; Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.
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Don’t Leave Appliances on Standby
Always use the “on/off” switch on any electrical device you own. Unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging. Also, make sure you’re not leaving appliances on standby: it may be easier but it’s also a guaranteed way to waste energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Home insulation keeps the warmth in the home rather than letting it escape. Your heating system needs to work less thereby reducing carbon emissions. Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up.
Take showers, Not Baths
A shower takes up to four times less water than a bath. To maximize the water savings, avoid power showers and use low-flow showerheads, which are cheap and provide the same comfort.
Reuse Shopping Bags
Buy Local & Home Grown Produce
Buying locally will save fuel, help the local producers and more importantly keep money invested and flowing within your community.
Don’t Waste Fuel
You can reduce Carbon CO2 emissions by adjusting your driving style. Choose proper gears, do not abuse the gas pedal, use the engine brake instead of the pedal brake when possible and turn off your engine when your vehicle is motionless for more than one minute.
Try Walking Or Cycling
Avoiding just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. At the same time, you’ll be getting extra exercise allowing you to stay fit and saving money on car fuel and maintenance costs.
Recycle Your Waste
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates. So don’t just bin it, take the time to selectively recycle your waste.
Be efficient with washing
Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there’s warm or windy weather. Bring your clothes in before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.
Close Windows and Doors
Keep windows and doors closed during the heat of the day to prevent the loss of cooled air. Tilt blinds up and close drapes and shades on windows that receive direct sunlight.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle