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10.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 07 Oct 2010 Thu 09:14 pm

Turnin lights on and off doesn´t consume more electricity than leaving them on. In the golden olden days the early days of the low energy light bulb, it was the case that leaving the lights on for half an hour was cheaper than turning it on and off twice. But today even the low energy light bulbs don´t have this problem anymore, so don´t believe the myth and turn your lights off!

 

I have a switch on my electricity socket. For some reason my tv and my tv-tuner have an off button, but it just makes them go on stand-by. So, I bought an electricity socket with a switch so I can actually turn them totally off now. That´s also better for fire-safety.

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11.       slavica
814 posts
 07 Oct 2010 Thu 11:36 pm

 

Quoting oeince

What kind of creative or very simple recommendations do you have to adapt sustainability to our lives?

 

 I quit smoking seven years ago. Does it count?

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12.       alameda
3499 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 12:24 am

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 I quit smoking seven years ago. Does it count?

 

Congratulations! It probably counts a lot....I quite a year and 3 months ago, and have saved so much money....and I feel better too. My cloths don´t stink, and I don´t have to look for a place to smoke anymore...{#emotions_dlg.flowers}

Other things I´ve done....grow a lot of my own veggies, I buy local milk and eggs, use none electric food processing tools...you know the manual kind, turn the crank? Started walking a lot.  Buy as local as possible to lower the carbon footprint. I don´t have a blender, rather I shake or use an egg beater. My new car is a standard transmission, gets 34 mpg.

I´ve never bought bottled water, but I did get a water filter. I save bags for shopping. The plastic you get here when shopping is a big problem. I bought some food storage bags that are supposed to be reusable and help keep things fresh longer. I wish thing had less packaging. Sometimes you buy a tiny thing only to be confronted with 200% more plastics to get your purchase.....{#emotions_dlg.head_bang}

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13.       oeince
582 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 12:39 am

When i talk to you, i believe in a brighter world!

Slavica, ofcourse it counts! It counts from many aspects like,sustainable life, health, environment, energy and so on...

Congragulations!

14.       si++
3785 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 09:52 am

 

Quoting alameda

 

 

Congratulations! It probably counts a lot....I quite a year and 3 months ago, and have saved so much money....and I feel better too. My cloths don´t stink, and I don´t have to look for a place to smoke anymore...{#emotions_dlg.flowers}

Other things I´ve done....grow a lot of my own veggies, I buy local milk and eggs, use none electric food processing tools...you know the manual kind, turn the crank? Started walking a lot.  Buy as local as possible to lower the carbon footprint. I don´t have a blender, rather I shake or use an egg beater. My new car is a standard transmission, gets 34 mpg.

I´ve never bought bottled water, but I did get a water filter. I save bags for shopping. The plastic you get here when shopping is a big problem. I bought some food storage bags that are supposed to be reusable and help keep things fresh longer. I wish thing had less packaging. Sometimes you buy a tiny thing only to be confronted with 200% more plastics to get your purchase.....{#emotions_dlg.head_bang}

 

Congrats alameda!

 

I also try to use less plastic bags. In some countries it is also encouraged by the state itself. In Ireland for example, they give paper bags for free and charge for the plastic bags. The market itself do not sell the plastic bags for money but it´s the state tax for them the customers have to pay when they choose plastic bags over paper ones. It´s the cost of contaminating the environment actually. I hope our government do such things here as well. It´s sad to see how people waste plastic bags unneccesarrily.

15.       libralady
5152 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 11:15 am

Where do I start:

 

I get very angry when people say "well it won´t happen in my lifetime, so why bother? But I am concerned for my children and the grandchildren I don´t yet have.  My job involves environmental, corporate responsibility, sustainability and I have been a keen environmentalist for many years and these are the things that I do personally to reduce my contribution to anthropogenic global warming.

 

Don´t use plastic bags ever

Never buy bottled water

Recycle anything that can be recycled

Compost all vegitables peelings

Don´t buy what we can´t eat in a week

Don´t take any notice of sell by dates or use by dates (we survived without them before they existed)

Cycle when I can instead of using the car

Turn down the heating

Turn off all electrical equipiment not being used - no standby as this uses 25% of the energy the equipoment uses when it is on and HEY YOU PAY FOR THAT!

I wash most of our clothes at 30 deg

 

At work I am now looking into Voltage Optimisation and various other energy saving technology, also reducing business mileage

I manage the Green Team - eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle

 

Is that enough to get millions of points???? {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}

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16.       elenagabriela
2040 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 01:36 pm

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 I quit smoking seven years ago. Does it count?

 

 me too{#emotions_dlg.bigsmile}..but sometimes I like to smoke some nargile...does it count{#emotions_dlg.confused}

17.       oeince
582 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 08:49 pm

Si++ you are my champion

Today, i have walked a distance, for which i would usually take a taxi. So i saved 10 liras, prevented the world from some carbondioxide, and walked about 1000 steps.

 

So, 1 points for each liras i saved regarding my sustainable personal finance. 5 points for less carbondioxide emission regarding sustainable environment and 1 points for each 100 steps for sustainable personal health. Totally 25 points.

Wohoo, the game is really being profitable!{#emotions_dlg.ty_ty}

18.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 09:10 pm

The cashiers at the BIM used to laugh at me when I came along with my own shopping bag From the look on their faces when I pulled out my fold-up shopping-bag, I guess they were thinking "What´s up with that weird gringo and her cloth bag?"

19.       oeince
582 posts
 08 Oct 2010 Fri 09:48 pm

Resist BM. We are with you! Remember, we will save the world!

20.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 09 Oct 2010 Sat 12:31 am

A lot of people in Ireland use reusable shopping bags. Ever since there´s a levy on plastic bags (22cents), it not only helps the environment but helps you to save money.

Unfortunately for me I´m not a very ecological person, I don´t recycle (although I was  meaning to start ages ago), I don´t unplug electric appliances and I always buy my water bottled.

In my defence, I quit smoking when I learnt I was pregnant (still miss it a lot as I loved smoking) and I walk everywhere (probably because I can´t drive and there´s no public transport in my town).

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