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Resolution One: Go Green

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on February 3, 2007

Yesterday’s climate change report was a timely reminder for me of my pledge last year to go green in 2007.

I’ve gotten off to a slow start mainly because of financial reasons, but luckily I came across a website that looks like it might make things a bit easier.
CoolMove.Org is a site dedicated to providing little tips on how we can reduce our carbon footprint. From energy saving lightbulbs to frugal flushing, they’re all things that someone renting a flat like me can do.

Here are some good ones I’m going to try and implement on the asap:

Tip #10 :: Take a shorter shower

Showering accounts for about 20 percent of the water used in the home and it takes a lot of energy to heat that water. Reducing your shower time by five minutes will save you from heating 15 to 30 gallons of water each time.

Tip #18 :: Unplug your cell phone charger when you’re not using it

Even when turned off, things like microwaves, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy.

Tip #21 :: Put a recycling bin next to your trash can

This is an easy and convenient way to remember to recycle more often.

Tip #32 :: Eat Local

According to some sources, food travels an average of 1,200 miles to get to your plate, and accounts for thirty percent of the goods transported by road. Try to find locally produced food to cut down on these unnecessary emissions.

Tip #44 :: Lunchtime

Pack your lunch in tupperware containers that can be reused each day
These are all things I don’t do, through laziness more than anything else. I reckon 2007’s going to be the year that we start to take this go-green thing seriously. If you’ve got any other eco tips, pass ’em on!

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  1. Chris Doidge said, on February 3, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve never understood that “shower rather than a bath” thing. I’ve put the plug in the bath and then had a shower, and quickly filled the bath anyway. Doesn’t seem to use any less water if you ask me. Shorter showers of course, would.

    How are you going to get local food in London? Jellied eels?

  2. Chris Hawley said, on February 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    “Tip #18 :: Unplug your cell phone charger when you’re not using it”

  3. Chris Hawley said, on February 3, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Hmm, that seems to have fallen apart somehow… either way – phone chargers can cause fires when they’re left plugged in… something I’d say is kinda more important than saving a tiny bit of power.

  4. Elliot Godding said, on February 4, 2007 at 11:57 am

    The #32 food miles thing is interesting but prone to being flat wrong. I was reading in the economist how it is statistically worse for the environment if we all get in our cars and go driving round to farmers markets etc trying to find our food locally. That uses a lot more carbon ( each of us in our own cars driving 5 miles for one basket of veg) than just letting supermarkets transport our food in a highly efficient bulk manner using much less carbon (space is money for them they want to be efficient). Im also suspicious that a lot of it is tapping into protectionist sentiments that have been proven to be both illogical and bad for the economy.

  5. celticlion said, on March 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Many of the energy saving tips are rubbish. Such as low wattage eco bulbs. An ordinary incandescent bulb gives off heat. This heat in a British winter evening heats the home with background warmth. If you replace it with low wattage buld all it means is the central heating etc is on longer to maintain the same temp.

    A pensioner could be sitting in a room by a table lamp reading in the evening. The bulb taking the chill out of the air. Replace with a low wattage, less heat, so they get up and put the fire or heating on.

    Myself and others have done tests and can find no energy use from chargers, when plugged in but not in use. If they did, it still would be given out as heat contributing to the background warmth and even if for only a short while delay the heating coming on if on a thermostat.

    Most low carbon tips are rubbish, made up by media people without knowledge of science.

    Low energy bulbs also contain mercury. So for no appreciable reduction in carbon we poison the environment instead.

    Don’t even get me started on electric cars with nickel batteries and electricity which comes from fossil fuel burning power stations.


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