// 16 Ways To Save Energy \\
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steps to save energy is a great idea on two fronts. Not only do you
save money, but you reduce the demand on fossil fuels such as coal,
oil and natural gas. This has the roll-on effect of reducing the quantity of
fossil fuels being burnt, lowering the amount of CO2 (carbon
dioxide) being released into the atmosphere. the gas CO2 is
toxic, and one of the primary contributors to global warming.
surprising thing is, you can easily start saving energy, and the
planet, without having to 'do without'. There's often dozens of low
power alternatives to appliances and ways of living that will save
the planet, and your wallet. By exercising even a handfull of the
following steps, you can significantly lower your CO2 emissions and
// Around the Home \\
Turn your refrigerator
Refrigerators are responsible for as much as a
quarter of household energy consumption. Set the
thermostat as close to these temperatures as
possible. Also, if your refrigerator has an energy
saver, make sure it is switched on.
Also check that the gaskets around
the doors of your refrigerator are clean, in good
condition and seal tightly.
Cool your clothes washer.
Change the wash temperature to the warm or
cold water setting, rather than hot. There's
dozens of 'cold wash' powders and liquids
available, so there's no excuse! This change on
just 3 loads per week can cut nearly 350kg (770
pounds) of CO2 if you have an electric water
heater, or 130kg (290 pounds) of CO2 for a gas
heater every year.
Try not to get to
warm, or to
Be careful with how much you heat and cool
rooms. In the winter, turning down the
thermostat by as little as 5˚C,
or 10˚F can cut more than 200kg (440 pounds) in
CO2 emissions in the USA winter, while keeping
your air conditioner set to 25˚C, or 77˚F, as
apposed to 21˚C/69˚F can save nearly as much in
the Australian summer.
Select energy efficient
Whenever you replace old appliances, look for a
high energy star rating for the new one, as they
use less energy! Also, try buying appliances
that are the correct size for your every-day
needs, rather than the largest available. Here
are some examples of just how much energy can be
saved next time you need to upgrade...
Replace a 1970's fridge with a late
1400kg / 3080lb less CO2 per year
50-70% less hot water required per wash
Change from electric to solar water heater
/ 11000lb less CO2 per year
at the outlet.
Switch any appliances that you aren't using off
at the outlet. Most electronics will still use up to
80% of the energy on standby compared to when they
are switched on! This also applies to things like
phone chargers / laptop power cables - if your not
charging your phone or laptop, pull out the charger!
Also, whenever you leave for a holiday, make the
effort to switch everything (apart from things like
the fridge) off at the switch. You'll save yourself
money, and the planet from unnecessary CO2
Use energy efficient
They're known as compact fluorescent bulbs. There's
no arguing that they cost more initially, but they
save money in the long run. They are able to provide
the same amount of bright, warm attractive light as
their older counterparts, all while using less than
1/4 the energy, and lasting around 10 times longer!
The really amazing fact is that switching to a
compact fluorescent bulb for just one light will
save over 100kg (220lb) of CO2 from being produced
Low-flow shower heads.
Low flow shower heads have a double effect, not
only do they save energy since you will be using
less hot water in the same amount of time, but they
also save water too!
Reuse and recycle.
Its an age-old concept, but though you may not
realize it, reducing what you use and recycling the
rest can have a huge effect on CO2 emissions. Its as
simple as buying minimally packaged goods, choosing
reusable/recycled products, and recycling. Every kg
or lb you recycle saves the same amount in CO2
emissions. If you can cut your trash by just one
garbage bag per week, you'll save over 1000kg
(2200lb) of CO2 emissions every year!
// Future Home Renovations and Improvements \\
As much as you can, insulate your walls
and ceilings when you next upgrade or
renovate your home. Also consider the
materials that you use for you walls.
Choosing the right materials and insulation
can cut as much as 50% from your home
heating and cooling bills. Moreover, this
will save as much as 2000kg (4400lb) of CO2
emissions each year!
Switching out all your normal windows
for argon filled, double-glazed windows can
save over 2000kg (4400lb) a year due to
reduced heating and cooling!
Deciduous trees, planted around your
home (as close as is safe to walls) let
sunlight through in the winter to warm your
home, and block it during the heat of summer
to keep it cool. This is even more effective
when the tree shades large windows - they
let warming light into the hose in winter,
and keep the house in cool shade during
summer. This can save as much as 2500kg
(4500lb) of CO2 emissions each year. As an
added bonus, each tree can absorb over
10kg (22lb) of CO2 each year as well.
// Transport \\
Wherever possible, walk or ride to get where
your going. You'll save unnecessary CO2
emissions and stay healthy at the same time!
If this isn't possible, try car pooling with
some friends or work colleges, or better
yet, make use of public transport.
When you're buying your next car, choose
one that gets as many mpg as possible, and
has the best efficiency possible. Cars that
are economical save you money on fuel, and
also mean that the fuel they do burn burns
cleanly, with less harmful pollutants being
produced per liter. Even if you only drive
15,000km (9500miles) per year, you can
reduce your CO2 emissions by well over
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