Energy Saving

Go Green and Save

By March 10, 2014 No Comments

We know students are busy. Studying, rushing from the library to class, working, sport and socialising leave little time for anything else. You can worry about saving the planet after you graduate, right? Wrong. To save energy, all you need to do is make a few tiny changes to your lifestyle. So go green and save money, all at once!

The why

Human beings use natural resources like oil, petrol and coal, to generate energy. It makes sense, then, that if we use less energy, we’ll make these resources last longer. If we ran out of natural resources, we wouldn’t be able to life on Earth as we know it. Scary, huh?

The how

There are some really easy changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint:

  • In winter, try not to use an electric heater for too long, unless you can afford skyrocketing electricity bills! Rather invest in a gas heater – it’s more effective and uses less energy to keep you warm. Make sure you keep your windows closed and dress more warmly, so you don’t need the heater as much.
  • If you’re lucky enough to have a car, think again about whether you want to be responsible for that carbon footprint. Rather use public transport, walk or ride a bicycle to get to college or varsity.
  • Buy energy-saving light bulbs instead of the traditional ones. Turn off appliances and lights when you’re not using them.
  • Heavy plastic and other forms of packaging use up more energy to make and transport, so choose products with lightweight packaging.
  • A microwave uses much less energy than a stove. Rather use the microwave to reheat your meals.
  • The plastic bags you carry your groceries home in can double as bin-liners afterwards!
  • Don’t use disposable batteries. (If you must, make sure you dispose of them correctly when they’re finished.) Rechargeable batteries are much better for the environment.

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