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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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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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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

10 Good Reasons To Start Going Green

I always thought that you need to be rich to be able to protect our environment… Now I know, that exactly the opposite is the case: everyone can and should start protecting our environment! That´s why today I want to give you 10 good reasons to start going green.

In this post I give you 10 good reasons to start going green. Protecting our environment is for everyone, poor & rich. Do it for the future of our planet!

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Here I don´t want to say, that you have to go to extremes, but if everyone starts doing a bit, we will notice a big change. This get´s me to reason number 1:

1) We only have ONE earth!

Astronomers are searching the universe for earth-like planets, but they haven´t found another earth yet… And even if they should, it would be too far away to go there once we have used up all natural resources here.

And exactly there lays the problem. We are using up our natural resources fast. To protect those and the future of humankind on this planet, we should start using more recycled and sustainable materials.

2) Going green saves money!

When you start a more eco-friendly life, you will start saving water and energy. This in exchange will already save you money. Even without solar panels, there is a lot you can do at home to reduce your energy bills. I explain more about this in 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget and as well in my FREE pdf 15 Tips on starting a greener life.

There are many more ways you can save money by going green. When you start growing your own herbs and vegetables, walk more, shop more conscious you will notice the difference.

3) Do it for your children, not for yourself

We will most likely not see the consequences of our efforts, but our children and their´s will. Continuing the way we are going at the moment, our children or their children will not have a planet to live on anymore.

Remember those Sci-Fi films where only the rich and powerful get to live on a different planet or a better place? Everyone else get´s left behind to fend for themselves, if they can. Well, I don´t think that society is going to change that much in those years until we have turned earth uninhabitable to take everyone. And then, go and destroy another planet?

Let´s give our kids a bright and healthy future!

4) Eco-friendly materials last longer and are better for your health

Eco-friendly materials are made without any toxins, harmful chemicals and are often from recycled materials. Therefore they are much better for your health and help keeping our resources.

They are more expensive, but they last up to 5 times longer than cheaper materials. I have asked in our local paint warehouse to get an explanation of the differences between eco-friendly and normal paint. Apart from what I already mentioned here I have been given an example on duration. If a normal paint lasts 1 year, say, then the ecofriendly paint lasts at least 3, in comparison, if both are applied properly. This means at a bit less than double the price, I still save money going for the eco-friendly.

In addition going for eco-friendly and fair trade products helps reducing toxins and chemicals in air and water, as those are not used. Which in return is good for everyone´s health.

Buying second-hand products for the home is also eco-friendly as it reduces waste and doesn´t require more resources.

In this post I give you 10 good reasons to start going green. Protecting our environment is for everyone, poor & rich. Do it for the future of our planet!

5) Better Air

By living more eco-friendly you will better the air quality in your home through plants/herbs. Outside the air quality will get better as well, because you will reduce the use of your car, reduce your carbon footprint and other´s (fabrics, shops, buying local produce so less transport, etc.). You will also make sure that there are enough plants, trees, bushes outside of your home to better air quality.

Apart from those, the air quality in your home will be better, because you will use less chemical products that effect the air you breathe.

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6) Going green improves your health and skin

When you go green, you will allow less chemical products onto your skin and into your body. This will massively improve your health and your skin will also look a lot healthier.

Since I´ve started using my DIY deodorant, I smell less sweaty and I know that I am reducing my chances to get breast cancer. My skin feels sooo much better and doesn´t need any extra cream since I made my own shower gel.

You also start eating healthier as you are making sure that you get food free from toxins and other chemicals that could get into your body.

And you will walk more which obviously is good for your health too. 🙂

7) You get more conscious about what you buy

You will start reading the labels more and more. Becoming more critical of certain ingredients. And you also will become a smarter shopper as you will not fall for misleading advertisements.

Going green means reducing waste, so you will start thinking twice before you buy something you might not use or need. Food waste will be more or less avoided as well.

Shopping for more local products, you will help the local economy, reduce the carbon footprint and you will have the peace of mind knowing where it is from. Plus, you can make some valuable connections.

8) You yourself become a better person

As I already said at the beginning: some good reasons to start going green are not for you. It will be for the benefit of future generations, of our planet and of everything living on it. This alone makes you a better person already!

You will start feeling calmer and happier as you are under less influence of chemicals and feel healthier as well.

Through shopping more local products, you will have more interaction with others which is good for the soul.

Reducing waste and what you buy, you will not be so money and consume orientated. Giving items you don´t need anymore to charities will also make you feel very good within yourself.

9) Help local economy grow

I have already mentioned it several times throughout the post. Once you start living more eco-friendly, you start shopping local products and therefore support local business. Supporting local business grows local economy and helps reducing our carbon footprint.

It as well means that you feel more independent.

It gives you a direct influence as well in knowing where and how products have been produced. Knowing this, you might be able to make some changes asking for eco-friendlier ways or products.

This get´s me to the last of our 10 good reasons to start going green:

10) Supply & Demand

We all have heard of the principle of supply and demand. Once more and more people, including you, start demanding eco-friendly and fair trade products, companies will change their range accordingly. The more people buy those products, the more affordable they get.

I have seen this happening with the electric cars. When they first came out beginning of this century, there was not much demand as there were not many options to actually charge a car. Being something new and eco-friendly they were also pretty expensive. For a while those cars seem to have disappeared, but rising awareness of our environment has brought them back onto the market. Now you have got the facilities to charge those cars and the demand has risen and the price is much more affordable.

There are so many more good reasons to start going green, but I leave it at that for today.

I hope, you have enjoyed this post and have started thinking about going green a bit more.

If you are interested in this subject, you might also be interested in: 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, How to teach your kids the importance of green living and Green living & feeling guilty.

Do you want to learn more on how to start? Then you might want to get my free pdf 15 Tips on starting a greener life. Or buy my e-book “Ease into Green Living” and a 30 minute call with me, where you can ask me anything 🙂

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In this post I give you 10 good reasons to start going green. Protecting our environment is for everyone, poor & rich. Do it for the future of our planet!

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