1 - LEAVE your car at home.
Do something different like:
- Take PUBLIC transportation
You'll be doing yourself and the environment a favour. You get either more time for yourself or more exercise - both excellent!
2 - TURN UP your A/C temperature.
26°C is a good inside temperature for a city like Bangkok. Keep a difference of maximum 8°C between the outside and inside temperature.
3 - UNPLUG stereos, radios, TVs and all other electronic appliances when not in use.
Leaving appliances on Standby wastes energy. So at LEAST switch things all the way off if you don't want to unplug them.
4- TURN UP your refrigerator temperature 2°C.
This is a subtle difference you are unlikely to notice when it comes to the quality and taste of your food and drink, but something you may very well notice on your electric bill, particularly if you have kids in the house who can’t make up their mind about what to eat unless the refrigerator door is open throughout the planning stages. If that is the case, put a stop to it, too!
5- RUN your washing machine and dishwater only when they are full.
Half loads are not possible on all models so saving water might not be an option. Regardless, the washing cycles do not vary greatly in time between load sizes so one wash cycle uses almost the same amount of energy no matter how full it is. Get more for your money and reduce wear and tear by doing full loads only.
6- BUY locally produced items with less packaging and reduce the amount of energy required for transportation.
Food miles are no laughing matter. When you buy imported food, remember that you are also buying its plane ticket or truck journey in petrol. This is one reason why oil prices affect food prices so much. Support your local farmers and be kind to the environment by buying local. Even for products slightly cheaper to buy imported, it may be unethically produced. Do your research as one of your greatest powers on the planet is as a consumer.
7- RECYCLE. USE less paper and BUY paper 100% post consumer recycled.
ONLY PRINT OUT the documents you really need and PRINT on both sides. Use the back side of documents no longer needed, as scrap paper, instead of buying designated notepads. Also make sure your home, school, and office all have recycling programs for glass, paper, and aluminium.
8- REPLACE standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and save 70% of the electricity used.
They cost a bit more, but last long enough for you to end up saving in the end. Even if you don't want to replace everything at once, just make sure any future bulbs you do buy, are the eco-friendly kind.
9- TURN lights OFF when not in use.
Leave yourself a sign by the lightswitch. Get your family members to help remind each other. Think of it as a multipurpose tool; not only are lower light levels better for the environment, they are romantic, too!
10 - Go for renewable energy.
Check whether your electricity provider is making renewable energy available to you. If not, shop around and make the switch. If we don’t tell them we want green energy, they won’t invest in it.