Recycle everything you can. Contact your town or community’s Environmental Matters or Good Environmental Practices manager to find the most effective way to recycle in your neighborhood.
Turn things off and disconnect yourself just a bit
Unplug your TV, sound equipment, computer, DVD and all other appliances when not in use; make sure they are unplugged to avoid wasting energy. By doing this you can not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also save money. In our country, you can reduce up to 20% Kw of the average you consume in a month.
Enjoy the sun and all its advantages
In Peru, many families can adapt their own homes as solar power stations. In the high Andes and the Amazon, houses’ rooftops can be modified to capture sunlight with recycled materials, leaving expensive solar panels aside. Home technology can be a viable alternative and also be very beneficial for tackling climate change.
A bonus for the Peruvian highland
We can generate natural heating by recycling our garbage and organic waste. Take part in the development of projects for green healthy homes or communities. There are positive experiences in Peru of institutions which are always looking for volunteers; contact them so that our environmental network grows.
Check your home’s electrical system
Call an electrician to check the whole electrical system of your home so he can make a diagnosis. Then take into account those recommendations and put them into practice.
Paint your home with latex paint instead of conventional paints; these are fuel products which generate gases harmful to health and the environment.
Use water consciously
Check the drainage and potable water systems, and make sure there are no water leaks in your home. Try to always have stored water so you don’t have to use an electric stove or gas to reheat it; by doing this, you will be reducing your house’s ecological footprint. When taking a shower, don’t let the water run, only turn on the faucet to rinse. Do the same when brushing your teeth. You can re-use water to water plants.
A 45 times per minute dripping equals 1000 liters of water per month, equivalent to 10 baths per year. You can make a big change for the planet just by fixing the faucets.
Quick showers are the best.
It is possible to take quick showers. To use less water when showering means also to consume less energy to heat the water. By moderating water use while grooming you can reduce your consumption to 5-7 liters instead of 10-18 liters per minute; this means you will be saving 70,000 liters for 10 more years.
Economize when doing the laundry
Use the washing machine only when you have many clothes to wash. Studies show that rinsing clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C can reduce electricity consumption by almost 40%.
Hang clothes outside to dry
The tradition of hanging clothes on ropes to dry with fresh air is the best option to reduce the ecological footprint of your home. By doing this you don’t need to use a dryer which consumes 20 times more energy in order to move the centrifuge.
Think green when purchasing
Buy electrical appliances that use energy efficiently. If you plan to buy a washing machine, a refrigerator or any other appliance, choose those models or brands that use energy efficiently. They may cost a bit more but, at the end of the month, they will ensure savings on electricity bills. For example, a refrigerator with these features will consume, in a year, 10 times less energy than the average. For further information visit www.topten.info
Change your lighting
Replace the lights in your home with compact fluorescent lamps, or energy-saving lights. These cost a little more but will contribute to your economy because they consume only 25% of the energy needed to provide the same lighting as an average bulb. This means you can save 80% of your monthly electricity bills budget.
Do not leave your fridge door open longer than necessary. Make sure it closes properly by putting a paper on its frame; if you can take it out easily, you have to make some adjustments.
Avoid artificial ventilation
Do not use air conditioning at work - you can open the doors and windows to generate fresh air circulation. And during the winter, just wearing a jacket or sweater is enough to keep warm and beat the cold.