Mission et valeurs
Lower the heating!
A comfortable room temperature is around 19°C, but 15°C is fine for bedrooms, as this will help you sleep better. Don’t forget to turn off the heating when you go away on holiday!
Lower the thermostat on your hot water system
The thermostat doesn’t need to be set any higher than 60°C. This is also the case for your central heating boiler. Remember that 70% of household electricity consumption in the EU goes on heating homes and another 14% on heating water.
Don’t forget to turn lights off
Turning off five lights in your house, whether in rooms or hallways, when they’re not being used could save you 60 euros a year! It also reduces CO² production by up to 400kg in a year.
Think carefully when buying light bulbs
Opt for compact fluorescent/energy-saving lights which consume five times less electricity and last for up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Moreover, tailoring the strength of a light source to your needs is another way of saving electricity.
Don’t forget to unplug your chargers
Once your telephone or laptop has been fully recharged, unplug your chargers, otherwise they will continue to use up electricity.
Don’t keep your electrical appliances on stand-by power
Stereo systems, DVD players, televisions, computers – electrical appliances often remained plugged in 24/7. Appliances on stand-by mode can consume 150 to 500kWh per household, in other words, the same amount of electricity as used by a fridge over the same period of time.
Try to cool your house without using air-conditioning
Air-conditioning can push up your electricity costs by 33%. A fan uses a tenth of the electricity. Parasols, awnings, shutters and the cool night air use no electricity at all.
Are you thinking about renovating your house or flat?
Try to find ways of reducing the amount of electricity you use for heating and air-conditioning, for example, by making window and door frames completely water and air-tight, installing insulation or changing your windows. It is now possible to build carbon-neutral houses.
Invest in rechargeable batteries instead of buying single-use batteries
You will save money over the long-term. You could even buy a solar battery charger if you want to reduce your environmental footprint even more.
When buying new electronic devices, look for energy-efficient models
Use the energy label grades (A++, A+, A, B) as a guide. For electronic office equipment the Energy Star label applies. This will help you to save money on your electricity bill over the long term. For more information on the products in question, visit the EU’s www.eu-energystar.org website.
Complete the recycling circle!
Buy products made from recycled materials. Who’s better placed than you to buy the products made from the things you threw out into the recycling bins?
Support local businesses
New supermarkets moving into your local area can lead to less business for smaller businesses. There would be a lot less pollution and fewer traffic jams if consumers shopped with their local businesses rather than travelling long distances to get to out of town shopping centres.
Buy your music online in the shape of downloads – you’ll help reduce pollution by doing so!
You will also avoid having to travel to the shops and will help cut down on the production of CDs, plastic CD cases, packaging and transport.
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