Everybody's full of advice on how to combat global warming - so why should we at RTH be any different?
By Ben Bull
Published February 09, 2007
Here's a sensible Carbon Free Checklist for you to ratify and get started on. Just check off the items as you go and before you know it - you'll be carbon free! Good luck!
|Lower the thermostat on your water heater. Turn that puppy down to 55 degrees C. All it takes is a screwdriver. If you're not sure how to change the setting, have a professional do it for you (Ryan? Can you come over?).
|Replace the shower heads in your home. Use low-flow models. Install faucet aerators on all your taps. No, I didn't make those words up. There really are such things as 'faucet aerators'. Just ask one of those blokes in an Orange Apron. I'm sure they'll be more than happy to point you in the wrong direction and run away laughing.
|Run your washing machine with cold water to wash and rinse your clothes. You don't need hot or warm water (unless you have kids like mine, or stinky cats - I'm sure we can make the odd exception here).
|Install a programmable thermostat for winter heating and summer cooling. Set it to lower than the room temperature in winter by 1 degree C during the day and 2 degrees C at night. (Ryaaaan! Is it this button or the other one to turn it down? Why does it keep flashing? What's going on?! Did I break it? Oh Sod it!)
|Turn off the air conditioner! Yes really! Well, run it at around 24 degrees C at least. It won't kill you.
|Replace all your light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Apparently these don't waste energy by creating more heat than light - amazing!
|Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use, or install sensors that do the job for you (how lazy is that?)
|Maintain the pressure in your cars tires. This improves your gas mileage and it's safer (if you find a garage with an air thingy that works please let me know).
|Or... don't drive! Try riding a bike where it's practical or walk. Or hop - I don't care. Just don't drive! Why don't you dust off those roller blades - or catch a bus! Come on - you can do it! (Notice I said 'you' and not 'me'...)
|If you do drive make your next car a hybrid. Not sure about those Smart Cars though. They look pretty stupid.
|Purchase energy efficient appliances. Fridges, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines - replace the lot. Too expensive? Well just wait until the old ones break and buy them then.
|Turn off the TV and other electronic devices instead of setting them to standby (be warned - this involves actually getting off your arse apparently).
|Weatherproof your home. Increase your insulation. Get an energy audit and see how much money you can save (and then give some of it to me for making this suggestion).
|Reduce, Re-use, Recycle! Use those green and blue bins like a good global citizen and avoid buying products with excess packaging (can anyone say 'Barbie Dolls'?). Try buying fresh food, you know - buy less, more often, support your local businesses, all that good stuff.
|Plant a tree. Amazingly, just one tree has the ability to absorb one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime (how the hell do they measure this stuff?).
|Vote for political leaders who will place the environment at the top of their priority list (in other words, try and spot those that are not just pretending)
|Dry washing in the furnace room or on radiators. Yes, really - just like your grandma used to do! It helps humidify the dry winter air.
|Reuse, recycle and repair furniture. Hell it can't be any worse than IKEA can it? This saves the forests and cuts down on energy used in manufacturing.
|Go veggie! Eat raw fresh fruit and vegetables. (Did you know that animals produce climate-changing emissions? Stupid bloody cows...)
|Use conference calls instead of traveling to meetings. Or tell the boss you're sick. Either way, tell him to screw off and work from home more often.
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