|1. Use energy-efficient appliances, such as energy-saving lightbulbs|
|2. Switch to an electricity provider that offers electricity derived from renewable sources.|
|3. Ride a bicycle for distances under e.g. 10km. Consider a bus or train for longer distances.|
|4. Lower your thermostat by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius during the night and when nobody's home.|
|5. Make sure your home is well insulated.|
|6. Completely switch-off appliances that you do not use.|
|7. Consider going to your holiday destination by bus or train, instead of car or airplane.|
|8. If possible, work at home instead of an office location.|
|9. Support forestation programs that focus on planting indigenous trees in tropical regions.|
|10. Educate others. Tell people of the importance of an energy-efficient lifestyle.|
Saving energy > Heating
| To save energy, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer. |
You save 3 percent on the day’s heating or cooling costs by setting your thermostat back one degree (higher for cooling, lower for heating) for that 24-hour period.
|Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. |
Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job.
|Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season. If in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.|
|Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or curtains.|
|Make sure curtains don't block registers and air returns.|
|Install individual room controls to heat and cool rooms only when you use them.|
|Leaving heating or cooling running when no-one is home generates more greenhouse gas and costs more money. Timer controls can switch equipment on when it’s needed.|
|Have your heating and cooling systems serviced once a year to ensure peak operational efficiency.|
Saving energy > Laundry
|Wash with cold water whenever possible.|| |
|Wash and dry full loads to maximize efficiency.|
| Don't overload dryers. |
Overloaded dryers use more energy, cause clothes to wrinkle so they may need to be ironed, and wears out clothes more quickly.
|Use suds savers and front-loading washers for maximum efficiency.|
|Always adjust the water level to fit load size. Overloaded washers don't clean clothes as effectively so they even may need to be rewashed.|
|Clean the lint filter after each drying cycle to maintain dryer efficiency.|
|Spin-dry your clothes (on a highspin speed) to remove as much water as possible before you put them in the dryer.|
Saving energy > Lighting
|Use task lighting to target work and leisure activities. This lets you reduce your overall room lighting levels.|| |
|Use energy-efficient light bulbs (CFL's), especially in fixtures that operate more than two hours a day. |
They use up to 80 percent less electricity and last eight to ten times longer than conventional, incandescent bulbs.
|Select bulbs carefully. Look for the highest lumens at the lowest wattage. Wattage is the power needed to make a bulb work. Lumen indicates brightness.|
|Keep light fixtures clean to gain the most illumination.|
|Select light fittings with reflectors that direct light where you want it and do not absorb too much light—coloured glass can halve light output, creating a need for higher wattage lamps.|
|Install daylight and movement sensors so outdoor lights switch on when they’re needed but don’t waste electricity.|
|Modern dimmer controls reduce greenhouse gas emissions as they reduce light output. They also extend lamp life.|
Dimmer controls can now also be used with some energy saving light bulbs (CFLs), but check the label first.
Saving energy > Cooking
| Select the right pan or appliance. Oversized pans waste energy. |
The pan you use should match the burner size.
| When boiling foods, keep the amount of water used to a minimum. |
Using excess water that must be heated wastes the energy required to raise its temperature.
| Keep lids on pans as you cook; cooking without them can require three times as much energy as cooking with them on. |
Look for pans with glass lids if you like to keep an eye on what you are preparing.
|Cooking temperatures can drop as much as 25º celsius every time the oven door is opened, causing the oven to reheat. If it's not necessary, don't peek.|
|Defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator will reduce cooking time. But allow enough time for defrosting to take place.|
Saving energy > Refrigerating
|Free standing appliances positioned in a cool place perform best.|| |
|Keep the coils at the back dust free as accumulation of dust on condenser coils can increase energy consumption by up to 30%.|
|Do not fill more than 3/4 full to allow for circulation of cold air.|
|Always defrost regularly.|
| Test the tightness of the door seal on refrigerators and freezers. |
If the seal doesn't tightly hold a euro note when the door is closed, it's probably time to adjust or replace the gasket.
|Replace old refrigerators. E.g. a refrigerator from the 1980's will cost up to 75 percent more to operate than a new super-efficient model.|
|Don't put warm products in the refrigerator, let them cool-off outside. This avoids the refrigerator from having to use extra energy to keep the temperature low.|
|For greatest efficency set refrigerators at 4º and freezers at -18º celsius.|
Saving energy > Cars
|Don't over-load a car. The heavier a car is loaded the more gasoline it requires.|| |
|Use air conditioning only when necessary.|
|Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking hard) wastes gasoline.|
|When buying a new car, compare the fuel efficiency of different models and let this knowledge guide you in your decision on which car to buy.|
|Combine trips: short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.|
|Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, often, save gasoline.|
|Tires need to be properly inflated.|
|Make sure the car has clean air and oil filters. Don't miss your car's check-ups.|
|More than half of your domestic energy consumption is used for heating your home. Proper insulation of walls and roofs and the use of insulating glass has a huge effect on your energy consumption.|| |
|Lower your thermostat by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius during the night and when no one is at home.|
|On a windy day feel for leaks. Also look for spider webs - if there is a web there is a draft.|
|Keep heating radiators clear of furniture, curtains and rugs.|
|Plug gaps around pipes, ducts and fans that go through walls, ceilings and floors from heated to unheated spaces.|
|If you have a fireplace, close the damper to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney, and make sure the damper fits tightly.|
| Switch-off your home appliances, instead of leaving them in stand-by mode. |
Stand-by mode account for some 10 percent of your home energy consumption.
Saving energy > Offices
|Install weather stripping around outer doors and windows, and also around doors between heated and unheated or cooled and uncooled rooms.|| |
|Insulate supply pipes, water heaters and install ceiling and wall insulation where appropriate.|
|Install blinds, and shades to cool the office.|
|Install time clocks or programmable thermostats to turn-off systems when the building is not occupied.|
|Install motion detectors to control lighting in often unoccupied rooms, e.g. toilets.|
|Use task lighting to illuminate the work areas instead of area lighting.|
|If possible, use ink-jet printers - they consume 90% less energy than laser printers.|
|Replace incandescent office signs, such as "EXIT", with LED signs. |
LEDs use about one-tenth the wattage and last up to 50 times longer than incandescent-lamp signs.
|Encourage and educate employees to be conscious on energy and to offer ideas about how to save energy.|
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