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Old 04-25-09, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default small daily tips to save

Wanted to do that list by Earth day but didn't got enough time... As on EM.com, why not having a tips list ? (didn't read the forum often lately so may be it's being done currently...)

Here are some small daily tips to save. Feel free to complete, correct, translate to English...

All seasons :
  • cover the pan when you boil water
  • when using electric cooking plates, switch them off before the end of the cooking as they stay hot several minutes
  • switch off the light when you leave a room and switch on only when necessary and only what is necessary
  • shut off the water as much as possible when showering and tooth brushing and when on don't open at maximum
  • lower the temperature of the washer
  • switch off the computer when unecessary and all its peripherals (external drives, printer, screen...)

In winter :
  • lower the heating long before leaving the house
  • lower the heating in unused rooms and keep their doors closed
  • open the shutters whenever possible to make the sun heat the interior
  • use the ceiling ventilator in winter position (push air upward) in smaller speed

In summer :
  • shadow the windows so the sun doesn't heat the interior
  • use the ceiling ventilator in summer position (push air downward) in higher speed

Other :
  • put the fridge and the freezer in the coldest room
  • put the water heater in the hotter room
  • use low consumption lights, fridge, freezer, dryer, washers...
  • regularly clean the fridge and washer vents
  • prefer a notebook to a desktop and an inkjet to a laser printer
  • prefer showers to bathes
  • use a double flush toilet as necessary
  • prefer a dish washer to hand washing
  • use a thermostatic tap in shower
  • launch water heater and dish washer during off peak hours

Denis.

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Earth absorbs 1.8 t CO2/head/yr, while a French generates 6.2 t CO2/yr
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  • kg saved 06/08-08/09: 1816.9+382.9 (ecodriving / 1420mi not driven) = 2199.8
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    (2.66 kg/l diesel)
  • kg saved by 3kWc photo-voltaic solar panels : 187 kg/yr
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    (59.1 g/kWh)
Radioactive wastes saved by 3kWc photo-voltaic solar panels :
  • Long life (>100,000 years) : 2.85 g/yr (0.9 mg/kWh)
  • Short life (<300 years) : 31.7 g/yr (10.0 mg/kWh)
Based upon "official" French figures...
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