101 Ways to Save Energy and Environment – for Mother Earth

“The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.”Al Gore

Saving environment is one of the most-liked content here at OCAAT. I am happy to see such awareness for environment. Also I tend to think that social media is actually spreading good habits in masses, making this planet a better place to live. Once I posted on Facebook about buying reusable shopping bag for grocery it went viral and amidst 20 likes and 17 comment I think at least a couple got inspired and bought reusable shopping bags.

A few months ago I posted 25 ways I am contributing towards saving the environment everyday. While I am at it constantly, I tried listing the possible ways I can help save environment. The topic is such serious that I decided to write about it again, even though OCAAT is a personal finance blog. 

There are some energy-and environment saving tips that if followed to the latter will go a long way in reducing the amount of energy you spend in your home. You will save yourself a lot of money in the long run as well. To add to that, you will be contributing to saving the earth by using the little energy available for a longer period

  1. Use fluorescent light bulbs as they use less energy than standard light bulbs.
  2. Light your rooms only when you need, not all rooms need the same amount of lighting.
  3. By arranging the amount of lighting depending on the amount or light needed, you will choose the right kind of fluorescent light bulb and save energy.
  4. Rather than have several low wattage bulbs in a room, get yourself a single high-wattage bulb and
  5. Do not exceed the recommended wattage for a fixture.
  6. Ensure you are aware of the recommended wattage for every fixture
  7. Be sure to switch off the outdoor bulbs when they are not needed.
  8. Long life incandescent light bulbs waste a lot of energy, so be sure to keep off them.
  9. Clean your bulbs appropriately and as often as they get dirty to improve their efficiency.
  10. Paint your house with white colors so that they can reflect the light from the lighting fixtures. This will mean you will only use lower wattage bulbs.
  11. Use small appliances to cook smaller meals, e.g. microwave
  12. Remove the frost from the fridge as often as possible.
  13. Clean your fridge at least twice in a year to remove the dirt and dust and to enable it to run more efficiently.
  14. Set your fridge at a temperature slightly lower than room temperature-enough to maintain the food items in it for some time.
  15. Place your fridge away from the sunlight or any direct heat as this will make it use a lot of energy.
  16. Always make sure your dishwasher is full before turning it on to wash the dishes.
  17. Do not clean your dishes for longer than necessary.
  18. Clean your home using manual tools as much as possible, a simple brim vs. vacuum cleaner helps a lot when you have time.
  19. Ensure your appliances are well maintained so they cost less energy.
  20. When using  a cooker, let the food simmer until it is fully cooked, do not always cook on full heat as it will use more energy.
  21. Turn off the heat before the food is fully cooked, the food will cook with the retained heat. This is lesson I learned from food network.
  22. Prepare all your ingredients before you turn on the heat to cook
  23. Cover the pan when cooking to allow the steam to cook the food as well. This will save energy.
  24. Don’t open the door of the oven when the food bakes as it will reduce the energy and it will take a lot more energy to increase it.
  25. Cook using the right pan size, a larger pan will waste heat as the whole of it will have to be heated
  26. Use a washing machine that you can control the water level, this will save you a lot of energy since you can use less water when you want to
  27. For those machines you cannot control water levels, make sure you have washed clothes only when you need to.
  28. Line dry your clothes outside in the summer months to save energy
  29. Use cold water  for rinsing to save  energy, rather than heating water to rinse them
  30. Clean the lint filter in  your washer to ensure that it runs efficiently and saves a lot more energy
  31. Make sure you air conditioner has a fan to reduce your energy costs. Your air conditioner will not work harder than it has to when you have a fan
  32. Use ceiling fans for cooling the rooms during the hotter months.
  33. Maintaining the fans and air conditioning systems accordingly will help reduce the operating costs and reduce the energy you have to pay for.
  34. Power on your PC, printer and fact only when you need them and switch them off when you have finished working with them
  35. Buy water heaters that save a lot of energy (they may be expensive but worth it in the long run)
  36. Buy the right size of heater. One that is too large will heat a lot of water which may not be used so it will waste energy
  37. Water heaters should be close to kitchen so that it does not have to travel through a long distance of pipe and lose its heat
  38. Insulate water pipes to  prevent loss of heat of hot water
  39. Repair any leaks in water heaters and tanks to prevent loss of water and energy
  40. Low-flow shower heads will save you a lot of water and energy in the long run
  41. Water softener will remove minerals from water that make it hard therefore, it will be easier to boil water, hence saving energy
  42. Use thermostat for your air conditioner.
  43. Use an air conditioner with varying fan speeds
  44. Locate your air conditioning in a central part of your home.
  45. Seal an air conditioner to prevent warm air from getting in
  46. Start the thermostat at low or medium, not high
  47. Place the air conditioner in  a cooler part of your home
  48. Get an energy-efficient model of air conditioner; one that has a SEER ratio of more than 13
  49. Determine the size of air conditioner needed for your home before buying
  50. Repair air conditioners to maximize efficiency.
  51. Keep the thermostat clear of heat generating appliances.
  52. Clean and replace air conditioner filter as needed.
  53. Change the thermostat settings of your air conditioner appropriately.
  54. Close window blinds during the day to keep your house warm so that your air conditioner isn’t overworked.
  55. Do not cool the rooms you do not need
  56. Reduce the heat in your household so that your air conditioning doesn’t work extra hard
  57. Turn off appliances when you do not need them-they produce more heat
  58. When driving, avoid quick breaking and starting as it decreases mileage
  59. Don’t start the car before settling well in it. Read more on gas saving tips.
  60. Avoid as much as possible getting stuck in traffic jams as they also decrease mileage
  61. Keep your tires properly inflated-under-inflated tires will reduce mileage
  62. Use premium unleaded gasoline because it is more efficient, although it’s debatable.
  63. Use air conditioning only when it is necessary
  64. Open window or close them to adjust the heat instead of using the air conditioner.
  65. Park in a shade to prevent your car from overheating and reliance on air-conditioning
  66. Service your air conditioner to ensure it works efficiently and it does not leak CFC’s
  67. Do not turn off your engine if you are stopping for less than 30 seconds
  68. Drive slowly, my mile-per-gallon indicator runs at highest efficiency at 55 mph speed on high ways.
  69. Use the right oil for your car
  70. Take your car for regular maintenance
  71. Take used oil to a recycling center, don’t drop it in your trash can.
  72. Remove luggage racks if you do not use them
  73. Travel light, don’t carry excessive luggage, a lighter car consumes less gas.
  74. Buy a vehicle that is energy efficient
  75. Combine your errands rather than making a trip every time you need something
  76. Drive only when you must, carpool when you can.
  77. Use smaller vehicle while driving alone
  78. Use scooter/bike for small errands
  79. Be sure of where you are going, no need to get lost and use more fuel
  80. Don’t overheat the swimming pool
  81. Use solar energy to heat the swimming pool,
  82. You can actually go solar energy route for all your energy need, if you have money for the equipment upfront.
  83. Trees will protect your home from the heat hence reduce energy spent in cooling
  84. Heat your swimming pool only when necessary
  85. Don’t idle in your car, you may have to turn on the air conditioning
  86. Put vinyl foam covers in your hot tub to save energy
  87. Plant trees to protect your home from winds
  88. Use rain water for watering plants to reduce reliance on pumped water
  89. Take advantage of gravity when collecting and pumping water outside your home
  90. Water lawns in the morning. Read more on saving water.
  91. Don’t water lawns in the rainy season
  92. Use drip irrigation instead of sprinklers
  93. Use less plastic, use reusable shopping bags.
  94. Reuse and re-purpose your tools and containers. Here’s 30 ways to reuse bottles.
  95. Use emails and eGreetings and try to reduce the usage of physical mails and letters to save paper.
  96. Use less fertilizer, use more of organic compost
  97. Mulch your plants to retain moisture
  98. Sweep sidewalks, don’t use a hose-it wastes energy
  99. Organize planting events in your neighborhood.
  100. Believe it or not, BBQ pollutes the air, I feel the pain when there’s some steak burning nearby, I feel sick inside. Does every body needs to smell it?
  101. Check your hoses and connectors for faults that may lead you to using more energy

These are a lot of ways to save environment, I know, but if you try to follow at least a few you’d contribute enough. Our planet doesn’t need you to do everything but, it needs every body to do some.

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Readers, are you pledging to save environment today? Your children and grand children wouldn’t live peacefully on planet earth otherwise.

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Comments

  1. says

    It is quite amazing how many things you can do to save money AND be more efficient. It’s wonderful to help the environment and not just completely abuse many of the luxuries we’ve been given. We are all about turning off the lights, setting the thermostat warmer when we’re gone, and recycling. We’re even careful with water and shut it off during moments when we brush our teeth or do dishes.

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  2. says

    I have always thought that quote by Al Gore was really profound and really told the the truth.

    Awesome list indeed. There is at least one thing everyone can do on here.

    We are constantly trying to improve. One thing we have been taking extra note of lately is how much water we are using and wasting. We are really trying to cut down.

  3. Nancy says

    I am pleased to say that I do almost all the things on the list. Doing more–such as installing solar panels and buying a hybrid or electric car–are currently beyond my means. While most of the listed tactics are within reach of all, we also need national and global energy policies that deal with the needs and realities of the developing world as well as the demands of the developed world. We can’t solve the whole problem by turning off appliances, changing our light bulbs, and carrying our own non-disposable shopping bags. We need change on a big scale, too.

  4. Edward Antrobus says

    “Combine your errands rather than making a trip every time you need something”

    Nothing makes me grumpier than having to go back out once I’ve gotten home.

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