Form a car pool, ride sharing
with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Commit to buying and using
vehicles with a small engine 1200 or 1400 cc for city or town
Preferably use a motorcycle, scooter to reduce traffic congestion and
increase space on the roads. This will also reduce carbon emissions.
Lobby city authorities to
increase secure parking for 2 wheel pedal vehicles to encourage this mode of
carbon and traffic friendly transport.
If it is feasible use a bicycle
instead of your car for some local trips, or walk to your destination.
When you leave a room switch the
light off. Leave only security lights on all night if they are required.
Install security doors and
burglar bars so that doors and windows can safely be kept open in summer for
a through draft.
In winter put on jerseys and
snuggle under blankets or quilts instead of using electric blankets. Use an
efficient gas heater preferably.
In winter use a water bottle
socks and warm sleepwear instead of an electric blanket.
Use draft excluders at the base
of exterior doors and windows to keep out drafts. Seal any other air leaks
in your house.
Insulate your ceilings.
Use the washing machine at low
settings and economy settings.
Use a dishwasher packed full and
on the economy wash cycle.
Use compact flurescent lights
(CFL) instead of incandescent bulbs. Consider changing to LED (light
emmiting diode) lighting for your house.
Switch your geyser off during
the day when no one is at home. Put a time switch on your geyser to switch
off a night when you are asleep.
Supplement your hot water geyser
with solar panels to preheat the water.
The geyser costs you about 40%
of your electricity bill.
Make sure your cooking pots are
flat on the bottom and make full contact with the hotplate. Make sure the
hot oplates are also not worn and uneven. They are easy to replace.
Recycle glass bottles and paper
in 'recycling igloos'. Recycle cardboard and tins at your nearest recycling
Recycle you e waste - old
computers and periphery attachments at your nearest municipal branch.
Make a compost heap for all
vegetable and organic materials from the kitchen. Compost is 'black gold'.