Although traditional event " Earth Hour "is held worldwide in March, seeing old photos I remembered the idea that every day we even have to remember the" hour "of the Earth. In other words, think about the small things that could become routine and lead to big change.
Here are some simple ideas that I try to practice in their daily lives, with the idea to save resources, recycle materials and not least to reduce their monthly utility bills.
- Turn off the lights in rooms not in use.
It may sound logical, but people often forget the light on in the hallway, bathroom and terrace. In any case, keep an eye on before you exit the home.
- Stop the water while brushing your teeth.
Even if we admit that it is a waste of water, most people do not really stop the tap while you brush your teeth. Even to speak of seconds of your time, think how much fresh water flows out day after day.
- Insulate your home.
If you are able to spend money, do not hesitate to put new windows and insulation (eg cork). Holds noticeable heat during the cold months, and maintain affordable summer heat.
- Run machine on fast program.
If your clothes can be washed for 30 minutes, then why wasting electricity and water for 60 minutes? If it comes to dirty tissues, always use short program.
- Use bio-degradable products for the home.
The market already offers some bio cleaners based on natural ingredients that do not pollute the soil and water with heavy chemistry, which is widely sold in stores. In fact, the simpler, the better.
- Bring a bag market.
If just every time I remember one paper bag hook by the door. Even if you exit a loaf of bread is always a better option than a plastic bag.
- Collect separate packages.
It's not hard. At home, keep two large plastic bag for paper. Matter of habit to learn them separately.
- Use jug water filter.
This trick will save you thousands of pesky plastic water bottles. If you do not like tap water, a pitcher with rechargeable filters help in the home.
- Sleep at a lower temperature.
This is the question which I had the greatest difficulty, because I can not stand the cold. But one (or two) more severe winter blankets will reflect positively on your bill for electricity / heating and a comfortable sleep.
- Buy energy saving light bulbs.
Withstand literally years, do not even remember the last time we changed ours.
- Invest in equipment.
The so-called energy class of household appliances may seem expensive at first glance, but think about electricity, nature and the inevitable bills each month.
- Use a pressure cooker.
I do not know how much energy is wasted electricity in traditional cooking (in this case cooking), but the fact that in the pressure cooker process happens much faster. When I had to brew a pot in plain beans for hours and on top is not cooked well. Pressure shorten the time 2 or 3 times.
I'm sure there are many more ideas which I can not think. What are yours?
* Photos: Earth Hour, National Theatre in 2009