Saving power :
-> We purge the radiators regularly, we don’t’ cover them and we adjust the thermostat to as much low temperature as we can stand. Give it a try, by lowering the temperature by 1°C every 5-6 days. You will probably be surprised at how much low temperatures you could eventually stand 🙂
-> We use energy saving bulbs and we turn the lights off whenever we don’t need them.
-> We turn off all devices (not on standby mode).
-> If a device breaks down, we buy a new one of the highest possible energy efficiency class.
-> We fill up the washing machine and the dishwasher before we turn them on, and we use the energy-saving programs.
-> We place the refrigerator away from windows or radiators and we set properly the thermostats.
-> We never forget the electric water heater turned on, we set its temperature at 60°C which is more than enough (!) and of course, we prefer a solar water heater.
-> We adequately insulate doors, windows and cracks. Thus, heating or cooling can easily be kept at the desired levels.
-> Regarding the air conditioner, we clean its filter annually, we use it only in case of a heat wave and do not operate it at full speed or below 24oC. In any case, we prefer using a fan than the air condition.
Saving water :
-> We turn off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving, washing dishes, etc.
-> We immediately repair any leaks (in taps, flushes, etc.)
-> We prefer a short shower than a daily bath.
-> We install a dual flush (with low & high flow), or put in the well known brick.
-> We choose non-water consuming plants and we water them only early in the morning or late in the evening with a pot.
-> We wash our car with a bucket & a sponge …which can be fun!
Saving natural resources :
-> Wherever we are (at home, at work, at school), we keep recycling anything recyclable.
-> We choose products with minimal packaging materials and packaging from recycled or recyclable materials.
-> We choose recycled paper and we use both sides.
Helping reduce air pollution :
-> For short distances we choose to walk or use our bicycle 🙂
-> We use public transportation and/or car pooling with neighbors and colleagues who live nearby.
-> We regularly maintain our car or motor bike, to “consume” less.
-> We drive smoothly, without sudden acceleration and braking.
All these actions are just a few of those we should do in order to save money, but mostly to protect our neighborhood and our planet.
We take care of our Earth … it’s good for us!