How To Save Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Save Money While Doing So!
Is this where we're heading?
Did you know that the simple act of turning on the television or that everytime you make a pot of coffee you're producing carbon emissions?
Ideas that do not cost any money and in actual fact save money that make a great start to reducing your contribution to global warming are listed here:
- Recycle as much as possible. (Including clothes and household furnishings)
- Do all the shopping and errands once a week. (saves on gas for the car and time)
- Turn things off when not in use (lights, television, computer etc. ...)
- Unplug mobile phone and IPod chargers as soon as they're finished charging
- Turn down the central heating/central airconditioning even just 1 to 2 degrees C (will noticably lower yearly fuel bills)
- Turn down the water heating setting (just 2 degrees will show up as a significant savings)
- Make an insulated cover for the hotwater tank from an old blanket. (Make sure the tanks venting is left uncovered)
- Fill the dish washer and washing machine to full capacity loads. (this will save water, electricity, and soap and rise agents)
- Hang laundry out to dry on the line instead of using the dryer. (Even if you still use the air fluff cycle it still will make a difference on the fuel bill)
- Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need. (For a small appliance the kettle uses a lot of power)
- Defrost the fridge and freezer regularily. (Try to keep the freezer at near full capacity this cuts down the cost of keeping everything frozen)
- Instead of driving to the park or gym walk or bike.
- Sign up to a green energy supplier, who will supply electricity from renewable sources (e.g. wind and hydroelectric power) - this will reduce your carbon footprint contribution from electricity to zero
- Try to buy locally made products (this not only save local jobs but it reduces transport charges)
- Buy local organic produce whenever possible (healthier, better tasting)
- Buy local fruit and vegetables, or even try growing your own (without using damaging chemicals and fertilizers...for weed and bug control use the companion planting methods)
- Buy as little fresh fruit and vegetables that are out of season, as they have to be flown in.
- Don't buy over packaged products (even though some items come prepackaged recycle it instead of sending it to the landfill site)
- As the o;d style lightbulbs burn out replace them with energy saving bulbs.
- Replace your old boiler with a new energy efficient condensing boiler
- Use the bus or a train rather than your car
- Carpool to work or for the kids school run
- If your work allows, work from home one day a week
- When traveling turn the lights and air-conditioning off when leaving the hotel room
- Ask for your room service to wash towels and bedding every other day, rather than every day
- Don't buy bottled water if the tap water is safe to drink (especially if it has been shipped from far away)
Help me please by adding extra ways to save emission gases into the comment box below. Thanks
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