If your childhood was anything like mine, your mother probably scolded you often for leaving your hair dryer plugged in because doing so could "burn the house down". While there's only a very slim chance of that happening, there is a 100% chance that your plugged-in hair dryer is sucking energy that you're not just wasting, but also paying for.
Anything that's plugged in to an outlet at home is using energy, whether it's turned on or not. That goes for your:
- Cable box
- Wireless router
- Coffee maker
- Hair dryer
- Curling iron
- Alarm clock
- Air conditioner
- Phone charger
While it's not realistic to unplug every single appliance when it's not in use, you can group appliances in one room together onto a power strip with an on/off switch. For example, group your TV, cable box, and router onto one strip and switch it off when it's not in use or before you leave the house. Group your toaster, microwave and coffee maker as well.
The one exception to this is lamps, which actually draw very little power when they're switched off, so if you can't group your lamps with other appliances, don't stress. If you can, that's one extra little step towards conserving energy. The planet will thank you, and your pocketbook will too.
Source article: Clean Technica
When Mat and I found out we were pregnant with our first child, I started thinking about how I would navigate the world of parenthood while still working toward our goal to reduce our environmental impact. The most immediate problem I had to face was how to find clothes to wear as my body began to change to make room for a growing baby, without spending too much money or significantly increasing my carbon footprint.
There is a whole lot of talk about plastic these days, as films and TV programs are increasing our awareness of the scale of the plastic pollution problem. Single-use plastics are becoming taboo, and even big brands and retailers are joining the fight against plastics.
Or are they?
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Most of us have family or friends who have chosen to go vegan, and would like to give them Christmas gifts that recognise and support their lifestyle. But if you’re not vegan yourself, it can be hard to know exactly what to buy or where to look. o help you out, we’ve rounded up our five favourite gift ideas for the vegans in our lives.
Whether you’re looking to cut down on your household waste for environmental reasons or you’re thinking ahead and hoping to reduce your power bills in the long-term, you may have considered switching to solar power for your home. If you’re interested in installing solar panels but aren’t sure if the potential advantages outweigh the initial costs, consider the following significant benefits…
There’s something in our nature as people that likes to assign specific tasks to specific objects. We like to know that a certain tool is for a certain purpose. But occasionally, and especially when trying to reduce waste, it pays to think outside the box, and let certain things serve multiple purposes.
While it’s impossible for individuals to save all wildlife from the perils of plastic entanglement, there are little things we can do collectively to help.
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So, your Plastic Free July is off to a great start, and you’ve already tackled the “big 4” single-use plastics. Where do you go from there? The truth is, plastic is everywhere in our lives, and there are loads of opportunities to cut back. Here four more ways you can ditch plastics this month.