Make a positive impact on the enviroment by following these tips
Follow these tips to save electricity, save money and be kind to the environment.
Replace regular incandescent bulbs with LED lights
or CLFs. EnergyStar certified light bulbs use more than 60 percent, and up to 90 percent less, power than traditional light bulbs. Even installing a dimmer and dimming incandescent lights can cut 10 percent from lighting costs.
Outdoor Solar Lighting
Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to make use of solar power,because the lights themselves are outside in the sun. Solar-powered floodlights are agreat option as they will keep your yard well lit and safe, even if there is a power failure. They are not expensive and quite easy to install. On the decorative front,freestanding solar-powered
lights are convenient because you can move them around according to your needs and mood.
High-performance showerheads and taps don’t just save on water
– they save energy, too. That’s because the less hot water you use, the less water your geyser has to heat. Showers alone are responsible for a quarter of the average household’s hot water consumption, and a water-saving showerhead uses half the water of a traditional showerhead or less.
Air-conditioner Eco Tips
Likewise, if you use an air-conditioner in summer, simply setting the temperature one degree warmer will cut five percent of its energy. Even simpler,close the curtains and blinds of west-facing windows in the afternoon to prevent the harsh afternoon sun flooding in and you’ll automatically cut your cooling costs.
People tend to think solar energy
means photovoltaic (PV), but solar heat is in many ways more useful. This ranges from solar hot water geysers to hot watertanks that store energy in the form of heat, and can be used to warm your house, water and so on.
When you can, cook in the microwave oven. It uses about 20 percent of the power of a conventional oven. That’s an 80 percent saving!
When you wash your clothes, use the cold water cycle. You’ll save 80 percent of the power used for a warm wash. Always dry your clothes outside in the sun and avoid using a tumble dryer as far as possible.
Maintain your appliances: defrost the fridge and freezer, clean the airconfilter, switch off appliances when they’re not in use (they continue to draw power onstandby) and unplug chargers