5 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Earth Day reminds us to be better stewards – and every little effort contributes towards the fight against climate change
The Earth is what we all have in common.
– Wendell Berry
We all share in the responsibility to protect and preserve our planet – the only one we have. Earth’s resources are finite, and it’s our responsibility to take care of this home that we all share. Many of us have started taking steps to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’re all at different points on our path towards a more sustainable future, to live more mindfully and less wastefully.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.
– Jane Goodall
Simple eco-friendly alternatives can be found all around us (such as bringing our own recyclable bags when out shopping). Here are five little lifestyle changes we can all do every day to live more sustainably:
SET YOUR AIR-CONDITIONING AT 25 DEGREE CELCIUS
Better still, on a cool day, turn it off and enjoy the breeze from a ceiling fan. Did you know that the amount of energy consumed by an air-conditioner is equivalent to that used by about 13 fans? In fact, a fan uses less than 10 percent of electricity used by an air-conditioner.
TURN OFF THE COMPUTER WHEN IT’S NOT IN USE
If you’re stepping away for more than 15 minutes but don’t want the hassle of restarting the system from scratch, enable your computer’s energy-saving features by switching to hibernation mode.
TURN APPLIANCES OFF STANDBY MODE
The average standby power consumed by Singaporean homes is 35W – equivalent to that of five fluorescent bulbs! Standby power usually accounts for up to as much as 10 percent of your home electricity consumption. It only takes a few seconds to turn off the switches at the power sockets, but even these small changes make dramatic improvements in household fuel efficiency.
Carpool, switch to public transport, cycle, or walk whenever possible. If you really have to use the car, drive smarter by accelerating slowly, curbing your need for speed, and making sure that your tyres are properly inflated (fuel efficiency can be boosted by up to five percent).
SWITCH TO ENERGY-SAVING BULBS
They use up to 80 percent less energy than standard bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. Turn off lights that are unneeded, dim them, or whenever feasible, rely on natural sunlight.
“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
– Ernest Hemingway