Living in the City

Tuesday, January 10, 2006



It is pretty obvious that we need energy. Nobody said we should stop our activities tomorrow and light our houses with candles. However, there are many things we can do to save energy and things we can do as well to campaign for alternative sources of energy.

Switch off lights when are leaving the room. It is easy and saves energy.

Washing your clothes at 40 centigrades instead of 60 centigrades will cut out 228 kilograms of carbon emissions per year.
When you wash your clothes load the washing machine or select the half load option.
Prefer drying your clothes naturally and not in a tumble dryer
· Electric appliances that are faulty consume more energy. Fix them or replace them with new ones that come with a decent energy efficient standard.
Appliances doing nothing account for around 10% of household energy consumption. By turning off things such as TVs, PCs and mobile phone chargers at the plug, wou will make substantial savings.
Energy efficient light bulbs produce light using just 20% of the energy needed for ordinary light bulbs.
Consider installing a solar water heater. It will provide you with hot water and will save you loads of money as heating water requires the use of a large amount of energy. During a 20 year period, one solar water heater can avoid over 50 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
If you insulate your house you can cut out by 30% your heating and cooling needs keeping your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A good start is to double glaze your windows. In the summer, close your shutters to keep the heat out and open the windows in the night to cool the house down.
Prefer using an electric fan to cool you down in the summer. Avoid using air conditioning.
By turning down your central heating thermostat by just 1 centigrade you could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and still feel comfortable.
Don’t leave your fridge open more than necessary. Defrost it regularly and davoid putting hot food in the fridfge. Wait until it will cool down.
When you are about to buy electrical appliances try to find the ones that are energy efficient. In the table below you can see how much energy you can save doing this simple thing.

Electrical appliances
Energy savings using energy efficient appliances
Washing machine
33% less energy
Dish washer
50% less energy
40% less energy
Light bulbs
75% less energy

Recycle paper, glass and aluminium. Recycled paper uses 30-50% less energy, recycled alumium uses 95% less energy and recycled glass uses 50% less energy.
Campaign for your government to support the development of renewable energy in your country. Support groups working on this issue, visit your Members of Parliament to express your concerns, protest.

1. Climate, A survivor’s guide, Produced by People and Planet, Edinburg, UK
2. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
4. Centre for Renewable Energy Sources,


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