A lot of people feel that they are not doing enough to protect the environment. Here are 12 simple environmental tips that will allow you to consume less!
#1 Taking advantage of daylight to save electricity
If possible, set up the living areas (dining area, office corner, games corner, TV corner, etc.) near a window.
Another good idea: paint your walls in light color so they reflect light.
#2 Choose low-energy lamps
Low-energy lamps (LBCs) use 5 times less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last 6 to 8 times longer. And today, they illuminate as well as conventional lamps, contrary to conventional wisdom. To better control your lighting, play with the power of the bulbs. For the TV corner, an LBC of 9 watts is enough. For the reading corner, it’s best to choose a 15/20 watt bulb.
#3 Avoid leaving electrical appliances on standby
Hi-fi channel, DVD player, TV, computer, game console. Connected 24 hours a day, these electrical appliances consume 300 to 5000 kWh per year, as much as the refrigerator.
So plug all your devices into a switch-switching multi-take you will put it in the “off” position every night before going to bed and every morning before leaving the house.
#4 Changing the temperature by room
One degree less in the house, maybe it’s a sweater in addition… but that’s 7% of the energy consumption gained. Opt for a temperature of 19oC for the living room and sleep in a room at 17°c, your sleep will be better. With a good hot and light duvet, the trick is done!
Install ambient thermostats
The ambient thermostats keep the house at a constant temperature. They are also programmable to reduce the temperature when you are away or at night.
Installing an ambient thermostat reduces the heating bill by 10-25%
#5 Take care of your refrigerator
If you pamper your refrigerator, it will consume less energy. How do you do that?
– Don’t slip on hot dishes
– Defrost it as soon as the ice layer reaches 3 mm.
– Check the temperature, if your refrigerator allows the upper floors to be at 2°c, the lower floors at 4°c. Thus, the food is well preserved.
#6 Optimizing food cooking
Even in the kitchen, you can save energy. Always put a lid on your pans, so keeping the water boiling requires 4 times less energy. If you have electric plates, turn them off a little before the end of cooking. They’ll stay warm for another 15 minutes.
#7 Don’t let tap water run
In most cases there is no need to let tap water run. If you have two bins, choose one for washing and one for rinsing. Wash your dishes as dirty first and use the right dose of dishwashing liquid, preferably eco labelled. It can never be repeated enough, turn off the tap when you wash your teeth and teach your children what it is. Allowing the water to flow is absolutely useless.
#8 Take a shower instead of a bath
If you wash while taking a shower instead of a bath, you divide your water consumption by 3. Provided, of course, to turn off the faucet while you soap and be fast enough. To get an idea, know that a 5-minute shower consumes 60 to 80 liters and a bath 150 to 200 liters.
#9 Fighting leaks
The best way to find out if everything is waterproof at home is to raise the meter in the evening before bed, and do the same thing in the morning without having a tap or appliance on. If the numbers are the same, everything’s fine! Otherwise, there’s a leak somewhere. Don’t delay in repairing it: a leaky flush can double a family’s annual consumption.
#10 Choosing a good flush
It may not look like that, but a flush consumes a lot of water, especially when it is old.
To reduce the amount of water in the toilet tank, place a full, well-closed bottle in it. This reduces the space and you will consume less. If you can, also replace your old flush with a double-flow flush.
#11 Empty closets and give away old objects
Once a year, emptying closets or attics is a way to help others consume less. Of course, don’t fill your trash cans. All these clothes, old objects, tools, toys, etc. that you no longer use can help families who need them.
Finally, your municipality may be offering to get your old clothes back. Ask your town hall.