01 August 2008

5 Ways to Use Less Energy

A rotary clothes line in Invercargill, New Zea...Image via Wikipedia If you are lingering out on the edge of green, too overwhelmed to dive right in and not quite sure of the best place to so much as dip your toes in the water, then this could be the list for you.

Its ok to start small and work your way up to bigger and more challenging lifestyle changes, especially if you are dragging some not so enthused family members along with you. Its also ok to find some changes that you are just not prepared to make - as long as we all get started doing something to lower our impact on the planet.

So start now and do something. Its not so hard to be green as Kermit would have you believe!!

1. Switch it off
Turn the lights off when you leave the room, turn appliances off at the wall when they are not in use, turn your computer off when you finish using it . . .

2. Turn it down
Turn the thermostat down a few degrees in the winter and wear a jersey instead. You don't need to replicate summer temperatures indoors in the middle of winter!

3. Hang it Out
Use a clothesline to dry your clothes rather than the dryer, or if you don't have a backyard, simply use a clothes horse and dry your clothes on a sunny balcony or in a sunny window.

4. Leave it at Home
Your car, that is. Catch a bus, walk, car pool . . .

5. Wait till its Full
Only wash full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher. You'll not only do fewer loads but use less water too!

You can do it! Pick one of the suggestions on this list and make a start - you'll not only be saving the planet, but saving money too!

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