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Reducing Your Personal Energy Use

Reducing your carbon footprint

For Individuals, here's a list of simple things you can do immediately

  • Turn it off when not in use (lights, television, DVD player, Hi Fi, computer etc.).

  • Turn down the central heating slightly (try just 1 to 2 degrees C). Just 1 degree will help reduce your heating bill by about 8%.

  • Turn down the water heating setting (just 2 degrees makes a significant saving)

  • Check the central heating timer setting - remember there is no point heating the house after you have left for work

  • Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load - this will save you water, electricity, and washing powder

  • Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need

  • Do your weekly shopping in a single trip

  • Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it


To keep the total rise in global temperature to 2 degrees centigrade, the world must average 2.8 tons per person for the next 35 years, and then can no longer use fossil fuels thereafter (or until the atmospheric CO2 dissipates in a few hundred years). The average current usage per U.S. person is 27 tons.

Links to Energy Use Articles  

A General Guide to Becoming a Tree Hugger


Home energy use suggestions


15 Tips to Make Your Home More Green


The Top Green Home Building Techniques


Business energy use suggestions


Incorporating ‘Green’ Into Business Practices


Personal energy use - Change your diet


Making your diet more “green”


Culinary Resources for Vegetarianism


Eat More Plants to Improve Health


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