Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day - Climate Change

“Climate change is the biggest threat to all our futures. It will affect every individual, every family, every community, every business and every country" -- Gordon Brown

Do your bit towards reversing climate change:
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Only boil the amount of water you need in your kettle
  • Turn off televisions, videos, stereos and computers when they are not in use - they can use between 10 and 60% of the power they use when on
  • Close curtains at dusk to keep in heat
  • Let your clothes dry naturally rather than using a tumble drier
  • Turning down the thermostat for your heating by 1 degree could cut your heating bill by 10%
  • Use economy programmes on dishwashers or washing machines
  • Use energy saving lightbulbs - they use a quarter of the electricity and last much longer
  • Insulate your hot water tank and pipes
  • Fit seals to externals doors, skirting boards and floor boards to reduce heat loss - 15% of heat is lost through draughts and 15% through the floor
  • Make your windows draught proof or fit double glazing - this cuts heat loss in half - up to 10% of heat is lost through uninsulated windows
  • Fit loft insulation - which should be at least 200mm thick to be most effective - 25% of heat is lost through an uninsulated roof
  • Fit wall insulation - up to 33% of heat is lost through uninsulated walls

3 comments:

rauf said...

Two issues here Claudia, climate change and depleting earth's resources, remotely connected.

We humans are too small to cause any climate change. i think we should end our wishful thinking. People like Gordon Brown don't know how small they really are.

Civilisations have been wiped out in the past. Everything in the Bible is not fiction. There have been massive floods and famines written in the Bible. Only reason is climate change. So we don't have to blame ourselves Claudia.
Nearest worry is, giant corporates controlling food, water, creating diseases and selling cures for those new diseases.

Ruth said...

My dad was conservative. In the conserving sense. He probably did it mainly to save money on utility and water bills. Well, maybe he just had it in him to not use too much stuff.

I would like to learn more deeply about that. There is an essence of things that I want to know. When I see into a thing's essence, I value it. It might be an apple. It might be olive oil I put on my face to clean it at night. I can smell the earthiness of Greece or Turkey. I want to live in each moment like that, connecting with the essence and eternity within what I encounter.

Of course I can't live that slowly. But wouldn't it be nice?

Peter said...

It's obvious that we must learn to behave better and think about the future! Unfortunatley, the ecological issue is complicated and so many experts have different opinions, not forgetting the politicians. Read today an article in "Le Monde", indicating that we may go for colder climate the next years! ??

Let's see what Copenhagen brings, if anything!