Easy as resolutions for 2023 to reduce your carbon footprint
There's never been a better time or a more compelling reason to use less power. It's cheaper and it's a sure fire way to combat global heating. Here are 10 ways to shrink your power bill and your carbon footprint in 2023
1) Switch off the lights
Turn off the lights when natural light is sufficient and when you leave the room. It’s that simple!
2) Take the stairs
Use the stairs as often as possible. Elevators consume electricity. You, on the other hand, do not.
3) Heat pump or AC on? Shut the windows.
Windows are wasteful, use them wisely! If your climate control system is on, shut them…if you need a little fresh air, turn off the heat or AC.
4) Take shorter showers
The less hot water you use, the less energy is needed to heat
5) Power down your laptop
Power your computer down when you’re away. A computer turned off uses at least 65% less energy than a computer left on or idle on a screen saver.
6) Unplug appliances that aren’t in use
Did you know that many electronics continue using energy even when powered down? This is true of any charger, television, printer, etc. Use a power strip to easily unplug electronics when not in use. Minimise plug load too, cutting down the number of appliances you are running will save a lot of energy.
7) Keep the room temperature moderate
Whether you have AC or a heat pump, keep your temperature system on a moderate setting while you’re in the room.
8) Do full loads of laundry
Only do full loads of laundry and use the bright colours, delicate, and cold cycles whenever you can.
9) Turn down the hot water by 2 degrees
Check and see how high the thermostat is set on your hot water cylinder. A couple of degrees can make a big difference to your power use without having to take a cold shower. However, do not reduce it below 60 degrees celsius to prevent the risk of harmful bacteria.
10) Switch to LED bulbs
LED light bulbs use 90-95% less energy than incandescent and last up to 10 times longer.