Even as 2017 becomes the year for renewable energy, it doesn’t mean climate change is less of an issue. And while giant leaps are being taken through new technology, we are still too far behind. We woke up too late, and now we have to put in some much more effort to bring some kind of balance back to the globe.
To give you an example of the rapid pace with which global warming is changing the world, a recent wide-scale expedition based on climate change had to be canceled due to…climate change.
The Canadian research team (CCSG Amundsen) heading the expedition was ready to board a ship for the arctic, only to hear the ice has become too mobile. Apart from just slowing down the vessel, the safety of the team can’t be ensured. Thus, the long-awaited and important trip had to be canceled, creating a somewhat depressing irony.
The following tips are small, yes, but change has to start somewhere. And if all these tiny tips are combined, they ultimately bring about a big difference. Change has to start somewhere. Why can’t it be in your home?
Switch to Energy Star Bulbs
Compared to traditional incandescent lights, LED and other energy saving lights use about 20 to 25% energy. And despite what you might think about the warmth and atmosphere associated with energy saving bulbs, modern designs are much softer on the eye so-to-speak. You might also consider using solar lights.
Seal Air Leaks
If you want to talk numbers, energy.gov. confidently states that just by sealing air leaks inside the home, it can lower energy consumption with up to 30%.
Tackle the Geyser
When it comes to the geyser there are several things you can do to make it more efficient. The most obvious being an insulating blanket. Statistics show that just by covering the geyser with a blanket, especially older tanks, can prevent stand-by heat loss by up to 45%. You are also at liberty to use a heat pump for heating water, or simply go solar.
Think in Loads
Instead of using the dishwasher for only two or three plates, wait until you can pack it full before switching it on. If the one or two plates really bother you that much, why not just wash them by hand? Another tip is to let the dishes air-dry, which you can do at night. Skip the dishwasher’s drying cycle and pack the dishes in a try. The next morning you’ll wake up to dry dishes, and the same loading principle applies for laundry.
Open the Curtains for Passive Heating
During winter, keep the curtains opens for windows facing the sun. This is called passive solar energy, because the sun heats the walls and floor. If you want, you can install more energy efficient windows.
None of the above mentioned tips will make a bid difference in your routine or comfort. In fact, letting the dishes air-dry is a small price to pay. And if everyone can do all these things together, just imagine the possibilities?