Part 2 of your 10-week training

The 10-week training focuses on simple and easy to implement steps. This is week 2.

How did it go last week? Not that hard, was it? If you missed the first week, you can catch up here:

Week 1

 

How to save energy at home

Do you have to preheat the oven? Does the light have to stay on when you leave? What is the best temperature for your freezer? This week, you will learn how you can save energy and help the planet and your wallet.

Statistics show that Americans who are in the front row of “sinners” for energy usage are developing a mindset of change. Because it helps protect the environment but also because they can save money.

This week we will look how you can save energy. Consider how you want to use energy at home and in your household.

Basic exercise:

You have half an hour at your free disposal? Awesome! You could walk around your place and check where you can save energy – either by implementing new features or changing your habits. Be inspired and see if you can change something. The smallest thing helps.

  • Cooking: Most recipes ask for preheating your oven but it rarely is necessary. Stop preheating your oven and use residual heat by turning off your oven a few minutes before the time.
  •  Living room: It’s a well-known fact that devices use power in standby. Switch to multi-plugs so you can turn off all connected devices with one click of the button. That can save up to $100 for five devices around 480 pound of CO2
  • Washing machine/dishwasher: Use only when the machine is full. Wash at cold temperatures. Germs that will not die at cold temperature will also not die from lukewarm or warm water.
  • Bulbs: You have probably already done this. I only mention it in case you didn’t because it’s such an effortless way to save a lot of energy, and therefore money.
  • Bathroom: Take more showers instead of bubble baths. That saves water and energy. If you want your skin and hair to love you, you can consider getting a shower filter (I use THIS one and it helped me give up on hot bubble baths).
  • Fridge / Freezer: Check if they are set (like most) to unnecessary cold temperatures.

Additional Tip

Switching to a clean energy provider does not cost much time and is a rewarding environmental measure.
You can search for providers in your area https://www.green-e.org/certified-resources

How does this help the environment?

Saving energy is very helpful for climate protection. By reducing your carbon footprint, you contribute to the global CO2 reduction.
A nice side effect is that you will save money.Until next Sunday!

PS: If you missed the first week catch up here: Week 1

Update:
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

 

Sustainability Challenge - Week 2

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