Take time to think about how you can cut uncessary use of electricity. By making small changes here and there you’ll make big and real savings for our environment and your wallet.
Power strips help
Plug electronics and computer equipment into a power strip with an on/off switch and turn it off when you are not using the products. This will ensure that the products are not using electricity.
Sleep is good (for computers too)
Activate power management features on computers and monitors to place them in a low-power sleep mode after a set time of inactivity to reduce power consumption. Simply hitting a key on the keyboard or moving the mouse awakens them in seconds.
Laptops trump desktops
If a laptop will meet your computer needs, choose one over a desktop. Laptops are 2.5-3 times more efficient than desktop computers.
Tone down the TV
Reduce the brightness on your television screen to cut its energy use by as much as 30 percent. Newer televisions have multiple screen settings and options that can affect their power consumption. Set your television to the “home” or “standard” setting, to help use less energy.
Unplug battery chargers or power adapters when equipment is fully charged or not connected to the charger. This helps avoid energy waste.
Turn off games consoles
Many of today’s video game consoles are left on all the time, drawing between 1,000 – 1,300 kWh a year, which means up to 1.3 tonnes of CO2 pollution and $260 on your yearly energy bill. Turning these devices off after use can lower those levels to no more than 120 kWh each year!
Shorten your shower
Shortening your shower by three minutes can save about $35 per person per year and 450kg of CO2 pollution.
Switch lights off
Switching lights off in rooms and areas not in use you can save around 400kg of CO2 pollution and $100 per year.
Wash in cold water
By washing clothes in cold water you can save around 400kg of CO2 pollution and $30 per year.
Dry on the line
By hanging your clothes out on a line, rather than using a dryer, you can save 1.3 tonnes of CO2 pollution and $320 per year.
Install an energy-efficient shower head
Installing an energy efficient showerhead can save your household $30 and 400kg of CO2 pollution, per person per year if you are using electric hot water.
Improve the energy efficiency of your fridge
By improving the efficiency of your fridge (through fixing seals, closing the door, leaving space around the fridge, keeping the fridge temperature at 3-4 degrees Celsius) you can save 100kg of CO2 pollution and $25 per year.
Recycle or switch-off your second fridge
Recycling your second fridge or freezer can save over 1 tonne of CO2 solution and $265 per year. Switching off your second fridge for six months of the year can save around 525kg of CO2 pollution and up to $130 per year.
Fit thick and close-fitting curtains
A lot of heat escapes through windows. Using close fitting curtains will keep the heat inside, saving $55 a year and 200kg of CO2 pollution.
Replace your electric hot water system
Replacing your electric hot water system with a solar powered hot water system can reduce your annual power bill by about $155 and save 2100kg of CO2 pollution.
Install energy-efficient lighting
Through replacing a single incandescent light globe with a compact fluorescent light globe (CFL) you can save 100kg of CO2 pollution and $20 per year. By switching to energy efficient lighting throughout your home you can save around 600kg of CO2 pollution and $145 per year.
Close off areas and seal gaps and draughts
By closing off areas of your house that don’t need to be heated or cooled you can save 300kg of CO2 pollution and $75 per year. By sealing draughts and gaps around external doors and windows in your house you can save 100kg of CO2 pollution and $20 per year.
Ladies, the power is in your hands
Women do the lioness’ share of household purchasing and how we allocate dollars is a powerful influence in the market place. The way we shop can save energy, cut waste and pollution, and save money as well.
Catherine Fox from the Australian Financial Review stated that Australian women are estimated to be responsible for spending 90 cents in the household dollar, make 70-90 per cent of domestic financial decisions and they also run more than 35 per cent of small to medium businesses.
As a rough rule of thumb, every $1 we spend on physical items like food and fashion comes with 1kg of greenhouse gas pollution embedded in the production chain – so if you save $1000 on buying ‘stuff’’, you can cut 1 tonne of pollution.
Think and research before you buy, and never stop asking the question: Do I really need this? A one-week cooling off period before committing to any large purchases is always a great idea.
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