ENERGY CONSERVATION


Whenever you conserve energy, you reduced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other air pollution. Whatís more, you also stand to save some cash while youíre saving the planet. Donít wait till its too late.

Washing Machine

Set your washing machine to the warm or cold water setting, not hot. Switching from hot to warm for two loads per week can save nearly 227 kg of CO2 per year.


Dish Washer

Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving setting. You can also turn off the drying cycle manually and not using heat in the drying cycle can save 20 percent of your dishwasher total electricity use. If possible, washing with hands will save 100 percent of electricity use.


Water Heater

Turn down your water heater thermostat. Thermostats are often set too high and each 10 degree reduction saves 272 kg of CO2 per year for an electric water heater, or 199 kg for a gas heater. If every household turned its water heater thermostat down by 20 degrees, we could reduce more than 45 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.


Refrigerator

Replacing a typical old refrigerator with a newer energy-efficient model, saves 1.4 tons of CO2 per year.


Air Conditioning

Ensure that the air-conditioning unit is properly sized for your home. Set the thermostat at an ideal temperature of about 25degree C. As amazing as it may sound you can actually save seven to ten percent of the cooling costs for every degree you raise the setting of your thermostat.


Lighting

Buy energy-efficient light bulbs for your interior lighting. Although they cost more initially, they save money in the long run by using only 1/4 the energy and lasting 8-15 times longer. They provide an equivalent amount of bright, attractive light. In a typical home, one energy-efficient bulb can save 136 kg of CO2 per year.


Fan

Clean the fan blade regularly. Energy is lost when fan have to work harder to draw air through its dirty blades. Cleaning it can save 5 percent of the energy used. That could save 80 kg of CO2 per year.



Public Transport

Whenever possible, walk, bike or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 10 kg of CO2 emissions. If your car gets 25 miles per gallon, for example, and you reduce your annual driving from 12,000 to 10,000 miles, you will save 816 kg of CO2.


Efficient Car

Choose one that gets good mileage. If your new car gets 40 miles per gallon instead of 25, and you drive 10,000 miles per year, you will reduce your annual CO2 emissions by 1.5 tons.


Avoid Peak Hours

Drive during non-peak hours If you avoid heavy traffic you will not spend a significant amount of gas during stops


Driving Habits

Plan out your trips accordingly. Indeed some trips may be "slower" due to lane speeds, but less time on the road is less gas. More money in your pocket and less damage to the environment.



Use Recycle Paper

Recycling saves trees and water. Making a ton of paper from recycled feedstock saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water than raw paper manufacturing.


Choose Minimally Packed Products

Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying minimally packaged goods, choosing reusable products over disposable ones, and recycling. For every kg of waste you eliminate or recycle, you save energy and reduce emissions of CO2 by at least 1 kg.


Recycle Your Trash

Materials that can be recycle are glass, plastic, newspapers and aluminum cans. By disposing them into recycling bin or collection centre, you decreased air pollution and greenhouse gases from incineration, reduced hazardous waste leaching from landfills and reduced energy consumption.


Donate Electrical Equipement

Donate old electrical equipment to related collection centre or charity shop so that others can reuse them.


Car-boot Sale

Have a car-boot sale and get rid of some unwanted items. Other people may find a use for them, plus it gives you the opportunity to earn some extra cash.


Carrier Bags

Bring along your shopping bags and reduce the need for plastic carrier bags.