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Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint

Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint! I will show you easy ways you can implement today, most without having to spend extra money. Going green the easy way!

Today we are going to continue with the word “reduce” by saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint. I will show you several ways you can start saving electricity easily today 🙂

All of the ways I will show you here are easy to implement in your home today. And, in case you wonder, you don´t need to get solar panels. Solar panels are great if you have the space and the chance. But if you live in an apartment or in countries that rather fine you than help you in this respect…

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Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint! I will show you easy ways you can implement today, most without having to spend extra money. Going green the easy way!

Change energy supplier to reduce your carbon footprint

The first thing I am going to recommend you was the best I have ever done. Research electricity companies in your area supplying green energy! And don´t worry, you will find that most of them are actually cheaper than you think. We changed 3 years ago to a company supplying 80% from green energy. Now 100% of their energy is green and our bill shows: 0% carbon emissions produced. And the best of it all: we now pay about half of what we used to pay with our previous supplier!

Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint

Take a piece of paper or open a note on your phone and go through your home. Check where you can replace normal plug sockets with plug strips with a switch and write those down to change. Then look at your light bulbs and write down which ones need to be replaced with energy-saving ones once they are gone. I know that energy-saving bulbs are a bit more expensive to buy, but they last a lot longer and are therefore cheaper in the long run.

While you are making your round, unplug everything that doesn´t need to be plugged in, including your phone chargers. Most appliances use electricity even when they are turned off. It might not be much, but keeping with it you will notice you are saving electricity. Same counts for things in standby mode: just unplug them or turn the switch off when they are not used. Don´t leave your phone, tablet etc. on charge for longer than needed, specially not over night.

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Coming back to your light bulbs: help them to last longer! Energy saving light bulbs don´t like to be turned on and off all the time. So instead of going into the kitchen, turning the kettle on, leaving and turning the light back off, leave the light on as you will go back in within a minute or so. I know this seems against what we are taught, but it saves energy as well leaving the light on instead of turning it off and on within a short period of time…

Saving electricity heating and cooling

Let´s start with heating: The ideal room temperature is, depending on if you live in a warm or cold climate, between 19° C and 22° C (66° F and 72° F). Bedrooms should be at the lower end as the ideal sleeping temperature is between 15° C and 20° C (59° F and 68° F), again depending on where you live. Rooms that you don´t use still should be heated slightly, as it will keep the rest of your home warmer.

Let in fresh air, as it heats up quicker and better than used air. If you can, do it when it is the warmest outside. Just open your windows wide for about 10 minutes, this is enough.

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Other ways to save electricity while heating: Thick curtains keep the cold out and in summer the heat. Open your curtains when the sun shines on your windows to let the heat into the room in winter and close them when the sun is gone. Carpets keep your home warmer as well. Cooking generates extra heat in your home. And if you leave the oven door slightly open after using it, this will provide extra heat for a while more.

A fact a little less serious: Throw a party or organise a get together in your home. The more people are in your home, the less you need to heat 😉

In summer, save on air conditioning by opening your windows at night and leave your blinds down during the day. This will keep your home cooler.

And a very important thing: service your heating and air conditioning regular to avoid problems and unnecessary cost. This includes cleaning your air con filter regularly, it will keep it working longer.

That´s it for today about saving electricity. I hope, you have enjoyed this post and have learned a few new things. What are your best tips on saving energy?

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You might also enjoy reading: Saving water to start protecting the environment, 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget, 10 good reasons to start going green, How to teach your kids the importance of green living, and Green living & feeling guilty.

Saving electricity to reduce your carbon footprint! I will show you easy ways you can implement today, most without having to spend extra money. Going green the easy way!


Saving water to start protecting the environment in 2019

What about a different New Year´s resolution: Start protecting the environment in 2019 by saving water!

Start protecting the environment by saving water! What better resolution to make for the New Year? And I show you how easy it is. No need to get a rain water barrel, if you don´t want to. Simple green living tips

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There are 7 important “R´s” in green living: reduce, refuse, re-use, repurpose, repair, recycle and rot. Today I want to start with “reduce” and show you simple ways to reduce your water usage in 2019. It is much easier than you think and you don´t even have to get a rain water barrel in your garden to do so. Let me show you how:

Saving water in the kitchen:

  • Put a bowl into your sink collecting the water when you rinse fruit, vegetables, a glass etc. Then use this water for your indoor, balcony and/or garden plants.
  • Use the water you cook your vegetables in to make a stock for sauces or use it to water your plants. Just let the water cool down, fill into a clean glass bottle and store in the fridge until you need it. You can use this for about 2 weeks. Watering your plants with vegetable water will save you having to add fertilizers. BUT: this is only a good idea if you know that the vegetables have not been chemically treated in any way!
  • Should you boil your eggs the traditional way in water then save this water as well and give it to your indoor plants. The calcium contained in the shells will make your plants look super healthy.
  • Re-use glasses and cups for the day. Don´t get a clean one out every single time! Sometimes you might have to quickly rinse your glass, but there is no need to wash up too many for one day.
  • A dish washer uses a lot less water than washing up by hand, but it only makes sense if you can fill it.
  • Washing up by hand use the cold water that comes from the tap first as well as it will mix with the hot water to a good temperature. And only fill the sink as far as you have to, i.e. don´t fill it to the top for 2 cups, 2 glasses and 2 plates.
  • Cook together what you can. Say you want to boil potatoes and steam some vegetables: if you got the right pot, you can do both in one

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Saving water in the bathroom:

  • A shower uses a lot less water than a bath! Specially if you turn it off when applying shampoo and shower gel. I am not saying: Don´t have a bath. But, have more showers than baths. Unless you fill the bath tub only to about 1/4…
  • Turn the tap off when brushing teeth and washing hands. Only open it when you actually need it. Not letting the water run will save a lot more water than you think.
  • Get a water saving flushing system for your toilet. Or one that only uses water as long as you push/pull. Do you have an old toilet and cannot install one? Then place a stone brick into the basin to avoid it filling up too much.
  • Make sure your toilet does not leak! Nor anything else. A drop of water every second adds up to 130 liters within 1 month!

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Saving water in the garden:

Some of the tips above will already have saved you water to use in the garden.I know I said above that you don´t have to get a rain water barrel, but if you can and want to it is a great way to keep your garden supplied with water.

Here are some tips to further reduce your water usage in the garden:

  • If you don´t save enough water in the kitchen to water all of your garden, then pick an area you water from the kitchen. Then think about getting a new watering system for the rest of the garden. It should best be a drip irrigation system.
  • When you water by hand make sure you know your plants and don´t give them too much water.
  • Keep your soil loose. This way you have to water less.
  • Get some ground dwelling plants to keep the moisture in the ground. Or encourage your ground dwelling plants to grow further. In other words: avoid much soil showing. This will save you on having to water a lot.
  • Rocks keep the ground underneath moist as well.
  • Turn your irrigation system off when it rains until the ground needs water again

I hope this has given you a lot of new ideas for saving water in the New Year. Do you have more great ideas? Let me know 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

Do you want to know what else I offer? Then check out my Let´s start a Greener Life Together page

 

Start protecting the environment by saving water! What better resolution to make for the New Year? And I show you how easy it is. No need to get a rain water barrel, if you don´t want to. Simple green living tips

Welcome to the NEW Tjalva´s DIY Podcast!

I am very proud to announce that I have started a PODCAST!!! 🙂 So, welcome to the new Tjalva´s DIY podcast.

Welcome to the NEW Tjalva´s DIY Podcast! A podcast all about green living and our environment. Teaching realistic, simple steps to start a greener life today

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What to expect on the Tjalva´s DIY Podcast:

This podcast is all about green living and our environment. I will teach you easy to implement steps to go green without having to spend much money nor having to go overboard.

For the one´s that already know me, I am teaching a realistic approach for everyone. No matter if you live in the countryside or the city, apartment or house…

Zero waste, for example, is not possible everywhere, so I don´t teach it. Nor do I want to convince you to go vegan. It´s great, if you can and want to, but it is fine as well if not.

Protecting the environment is something everyone can do easily and it´s not hard to include into your everyday life! If we are waiting for things to change on their own, it is never going to happen. But if we all start doing at least a bit, this will have a huge impact! Politicians and companies will follow as well and the bigger changes needed are going to happen then.

Let´s give our kids and future generations a planet worth living on! We only have the one planet and it´s time that we look after it and everything that lives on it.

One thing I am saying again and again: Try to do one step at a time and don´t overwhelm yourself! Every little step counts. This is very important to remember, specially at the beginning.

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Right, so back to what else to expect about the Tjalva´s DIY Podcast

I will also give some facts about our environment, impacts of us humans on it and on our health. But not to scare you, just to keep you informed.

Then, there will be some short interviews I have planned which will teach you something specialised about our subject.

Oh, and I nearly forgot! You will be hearing some more stories about #superbackling 🙂 If you haven´t heard of him yet, you will in one of the episodes coming up…

All in all, every podcast will be about 5 minutes long, so you can easily squeeze them into your busy everyday life.

I hope, you will enjoy listening to the Tjalva´s DIY Podcast and if you do, please subscribe and leave a review! This would be extremely appreciated 🙂

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You might also enjoy reading: 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget, 10 good reasons to start going green, How to teach your kids the importance of green living, and Green living & feeling guilty.

Welcome to the NEW Tjalva´s DIY Podcast! A podcast all about green living and our environment. Teaching realistic, simple steps to start a greener life today

How to easily make your own beeswax candles

I LOVE Christmas, it´s one of my favourite times of the year! Specially as you get to make a lot of things yourself, like decorations, ornaments, cookies… And then the evenings with candles lit all around you and a fire in the colder countries. That´s why I decided to show you today how to easily make beeswax candles yourself 🙂

But, before we get into making some, let me explain to you why you should use beeswax candles instead of paraffin ones.

Learn how to easily make your own beeswax candles and why you should use them instead of paraffin ones! Eco-friendly, healthier easy DIY

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The reason you should choose beeswax candles over their paraffin rivals

Beeswax candles are made by, you guessed it, bees. Bees work to make the honey for the wax. It is all natural. Beeswax candles have many advantages over paraffin candles.

Paraffin is the wax that comprises most of the candles on the market. It is made from vegetable, animal, and petroleum wastes. You’d never know it looking at the candles, but this is what is in them. Most people don’t read the labels on candles anyway.

When you burn these substances, toxic substances have the potential to be given off in the flame. Have you ever seen black smoke coming from a candle flame? It occurs when the candle is getting close to being burned out because there is no more wax to burn. These are the chemicals being released into the air.

Decorative candles of this type do not burn clean. When the wax re-hardens you will see the black residue in the wax. The wax creates a pitting phenomenon in the center of the candle and the wax also drips down the side and ruins the look of the candle.

A little known fact is that the wicks in the center of the candles contain lead. The metal button that holds the wick can also be dangerous. When burning the wick, the lead can be released into the air as well. As we burn candles, we are polluting the air around us. People with respiratory problems shouldn’t burn paraffin candles.

Advantages of beeswax candles

On the other hand, beeswax candles are available. But, they cost more, so many people think: why buy them when there are cheaper better smelling candles on the market?

Beeswax candles are environmentally safe, they burn clean. That means no pollutants are released into the air. The air is actually cleaner because what is given off by the beeswax works to eliminate odors and other pollutants from the air.

If you like the way that your candles look, beeswax candles do not do any pitting when the wax is burned. In fact, the wax burns out towards the end of the candle and doesn’t drip over. It continues to burn until there is nothing left.

Beeswax candles are not scented artificially and give off a smell of sweet honey which I love. The colour of the candle is the natural colour of the wax.

Beeswax candles burn longer than paraffin wax candles. For your money you will get over 100 hours of candle burning pleasure. So, use candles for aromatherapy and setting the mood, but clean the air and freshen your home in the process with beeswax candles.

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A bit of candle making history

Candle making has a long tradition in Europe. In the City of London there has been for centuries a society called “The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers”, created before 1330. Obviously the first candles have been made over 5.000 years ago, being the only alternative to fire to give light at night… The first known dipped candles have been produced by the Romans about 500 BC.

Hanging wicks and dipping them in wax until the candle is the correct consistency was something we did in art class. Get the family together during the holiday season and teach the kids how to make beeswax candles. We used to make candles as Christmas presents for our teachers, grandparents… My favourite one was in a “snail” shape…

Beeswax candles can be made with beeswax sheets. True beeswax candle makers don’t use these sheets but for homemade candles, beeswax sheets are easy and safe for children to use. The wax is pressed into sheets for use in making different shapes of candles. Any wax left after burning can be molded with more beeswax to create new candles to burn.

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Okay, so now we know the why and a bit of history, let´s get into the DIY part!

Learn how to easily make your own beeswax candles and why you should use them instead of paraffin ones! Eco-friendly, healthier easy DIY

How to easily make your own beeswax candles

Before making beeswax candles, prepare by getting all of your supplies together and setting up an area to work. To make these candles you will need:

  • beeswax sheets, I get mine from a local supplier, but if you haven´t got the possibility, you can get them and the wicks here
  • scissors or a knife,
  • candle wicks,
  • a cutting board or other hard surface for cutting.

When purchasing the supplies, check to see that the wicks do not contain any lead or other chemicals.

Beeswax usually comes in a light color which is the color of the wax. Adding colour introduces chemicals into the wax that can be burned off in the flame. You can get beeswax candles in different colours, but they may not burn as clean.

First, watch the children when sharp objects are around. Do any cutting that needs to be done and keep the knife pointed away from the body. Work on the kitchen table so the kids can lean as they work.

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How to easily make your own beeswax candles; Instructions:

Lay out a sheet of beeswax. If using colored wax in combinations cut the sheet and add other colored pieces. Lay them close together so they overlap.

Take the wick and place it near the beginning of the wax sheet. Let an inch or so of the wick hang out of the bottom of the candle and two inches out of the top of the beeswax sheet.

Press the wick gently into the beeswax sheet. The wick needs to be secured so that it will not be displaced during rolling. After the wick is firmly in place, it is time to create the candle.

Slowly, roll the beeswax sheet over itself. Keep the rolls tight so no gaps are present in the wax. Continue rolling until the entire sheet is finished or the candle is as wide as you would like it. Larger candles like pillars have one or three wicks depending on width.

Cut the wick at the bottom even with the bottom of the candle. Trim the wick at the top of the candle until it is about half an inch long.

Create beautiful candles in various sizes and shapes. Kids can use their creations as homemade gifts or to decorate the house for the Christmas holiday.

See, it was extremely easy! And now you know how to easily make your own beeswax candles 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: How to make eco-friendly glitter with your kids, Eco-friendly toys you can buy this Christmas, 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

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