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More tips to reduce your carbon footprint at home

Make sure your fridge isn't standing in direct sunlight (if it is, shut the blind) or near any heat source like an oven or dishwasher.

Keep it cool

  • Never place hot food in the fridge - let it cool first.
  • Defrost your freezer your freezer often - a frosted up freezer uses more energy.
  • Clean the door seals or gaskets to make sure it is sealing tightly every time you open it.

Flush with less water.

Whether or not you decide to flush less often, using less water per flush will do a lot to conserving water. Put a water hippo (21 bottle filled with water) in your cistern.

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

You can save up to 9 litres of water a minute.

Don't overcharge.

Turn off appliances at the wall. Cellular phone chargers, shavers and electric toothbrushes all continue to draw electricity even when they are fully charged. A television left in standby mode uses nearly a quarter of the electricity it uses when it is on.

Warning the ol' geyser.

Geysers can consume as much as 40% of a household's energy. set the thermostat to no more than 60 degrees and fit a geyser blanket (available at hardware stores) to reduce lost heat.

Car pool with the kids.

Sharing lifts with others parents is a great way to reduce traffic, emissions and save on petrol. Go solar. A typical solar water heater costs around R120 000 - R150 000. A solar water heater is likely to realize a return on investment in saved electricity costs (evening South Africa which has some of the world's lowest electricity tariffs) within 5 to 10 years and has a life expectancy of 20 years. This return will happen even sooner with the rise in electricity prices.

Reduce your footprint at work

The dark side. Always turn off unnecessary lights during the day and turn off all lights at night. Lighting an empty office overnight can waste the amount of energy required to heat water for 1000 cups of coffee!

Shut down.

Shut down computers overnight and use power saving options. Turn off unused machines at the plug. Appliances continue to draw electricity on stand by.

Virtual travel.

An initial investment in tele- and video- conferencing facilities will reduce the need for flights saving money, time and carbon emissions.

Print less.

Always print 2 pages per sheet or print on boy sides of the paper. Go to Print, click on Properties, and choose Page layout: 2 pages per sheet OR go to Print, click on Properties, click on Finishing and choose Print Style: 2-Sided printing.

Optimize paper use.

Change the margins on your word documents for more words on a page. Click on file, and choose Page set up and change the margin to 2 cm.

Buying power.

Only buy recycled paper or paper from FSC certified sources. The FSC label ensure that the paper comes from responsible sources.

Clean travel.

Organise a car pool to work, or even better, cycle to the office.

Recycle your e-Waste.

Electronic waste (e-waste) is the term used to describe old, end-of-life or discarded appliances using electricity. It includes computers, consumer electronics, fridges etc. Visit www.e-waste.org.za to learn how to recycle your office's e-waste.

Water wise.

Don't serve bottled water at meetings. It takes 3 Litres of water to produce 1 litre of bottled water. Promote tap water.

'Green' procurement.

As far as possible choose eco friendly products or services that aim to have the minimum impact on the environment.