12 May 2009

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Some of these tipps might sound trivial but I do scratch my head when colleagues in my office do not turn off their PCs in the evening or car drivers let their engine run while waiting in their car for long...

Let's lead by example, therefore 12 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint from UNDP (see full ad here):
  1. Turn it off
    Turn off lights, televisions, videos, stereos, heaters, cars and computers when not in use - they can use 10 to 40% of the power when on standby. Also, unplug chargers as soon as they have finished charging.

  2. Be exact
    Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need.

  3. Close it
    Don't leave fridge doors open for longer than necessary.

  4. Check your tires
    Properly inflated tires can improve your car’s fuel efficiency.

  5. Use no plastic
    Use cloth bags when going shopping and avoid buying products which use too much plastic.

  6. Fan up
    Instead of using air conditioners in the summer, wear cool clothes, and use a fan.

  7. Drive less
    Do your weekly errands in a single trip or pay your bills online. Walk, bike, ride the bus or carpool.

  8. Optimize your speed
    You will consume up to 25% less fuel if you drive no more than 90 km/hr.

  9. Drive hybrid
    A hybrid or other fuel-efficient car emits less carbon dioxide.

  10. Replace them
    Replace your incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFLs cost 3 to 5 times as much but use less than a third of the power. Also, replace old fridge and other appliances with energy-efficient ones.

  11. Watch what you eat
    Choose food produced close to your home.

  12. Recycle
    Consume less, and re-use old products.

Refer this site to a friend: www.12simplethings.org

What else is missing? I'd add:
13. Insulate your home, so you need less heating... and snuggle more ;)
14. Plant a Tree!