What you can do to help the planet

Ok, you know how I like my Keep Cup as it helps me to be a little more ‘green’, well I have a few other tips for you.

1 – Change you light bulbs: Buy the more energy efficient light bulbs (also known as compact fluorescent lamp) for all the lights and lamps in your home not just the odd few. Not only do they use less energy but they also last longer, so you will be saving money whilst saving energy.

2 – Turn off appliances at night: In fact don’t just turn your computer off, turn the TV off at the socket as well; don’t just leave it on standby. If you do this you could see almost 50% reduction in electricity consumption.

3 – Get on your bike: Cycling just 10 kilometres each way to work instead of driving saves about $770 in transport costs (including all running costs and depreciation) and 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. In addition, bicycle parking is usually free, and often more accessible and convenient than car parking, oh and you will get fitter.

4 – Turn off the tumble dryer: If you hang dry your clothes you will use less energy and save money, in fact an average tumble dryer uses 5000 watts of power, runs 24 hours per month, and adds $218 a year to you electric bill.

5 – Use rechargeable batteries: For years, it was believed that rechargeable batteries were poor performers compared to their alkaline counterparts, this is no longer the case. They have been greatly improved and many are now able to be reused more than 500 times, this is offers a huge reduction in the cost of replacing the batteries and just think if the reduced waste that would be produced from buying new ones all the time.

6 – Plat a tree: It’s an oldy but it’s a goody, trees alter the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife.

7 – Buy local: Shopping locally reduces your petrol consumption and pollution (both your own and that used by companies to import goods into your country).  Also if you are buying from the local store you help to sustain vibrant, “walkable” communities, reducing sprawl and the need for cars.

8 – Recycle as much as possible: It’s a no brainer that the more we recycle the more impact we have on the environment. By recycling just 1 plastic bottle you would not only save anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in the landfill (yes that is how long it can take to completely breakdown) but you also save the environment from the emissions in producing new bottles as well as the oil used to produce that bottle. In fact for every 1 ton of plastic that is recycled we save the equivalent of 2 people’s energy use for 1 year, the amount of water used by 1 person in 2 months’ time and almost 2000 pounds of oil…..


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2 Responses to “What you can do to help the planet”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Hey Colin – nice post. I think beyond this we all really need to start putting pressure on government to make some bigger changes…
    These are all small and easy steps we can take to reduce our carbon emissions, but to make a significant impact (ie: actually create change) then we need to have a bigger social and cultural movement for climate action. This means business must reduce their carbon emissions and we need to start seeking (and funding research into) less carbon intense industry / transport / construction etc. While “every day folk” can do their bit, to make a real difference will require significant and broad social change – much more than just changing our lightbulbs. That’s like putting a tiny plaster cast on a huge, gaping, hemorrhaging amputation. So while I agree, yes, we all need to make these little and easy changes to our lives, bigger and more impactful action has to happen – and fast.

    • macarthursmutterings Says:

      Kelly I absolutely agree with you, the debate about this issue in the political sphere here in Australia has been woeful and ill informed, a greater collective pressure by the Australian population is just what we need

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