Sunday, March 28, 2010

Earth Hour 2010

Last night, me and my mom turned off all the lights & switched off all our appliances as our small contribution for our planet. Some of our neighbors too. I just stayed outside and did stargazing which I really enjoyed.

Even the simplest everyday activities can make a real difference to the environment. We can make a big difference in our homes simply by making a few small adjustments to our routines. I've been trying to conserve water and energy, not burning plastic/styro/packaging, recycle what can be recycled and telling my friends to do the same thing.

I would like to share the following tips I read from world wide fund philippines

Save energy
  • Switch off all lights and electrical appliances when not in use – your TV left on standby can still use a quarter of full power
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs
  • Let clothes dry naturally rather than using a tumble drier
  • Keep lids on pans when cooking to prevent your cooker having to work extra hard
  • On average using a gas oven costs a quarter of the price of running an electric one. Switch to gas if you have the option
Save water
  • Fix dripping taps – they can waste up to 13 litres of water a day
  • Don’t leave the tap running while you clean your teeth
  • Take a shower instead of a bath
Save wood and paper
  • Return unwanted mail and ask for your name to be removed from the mailing list
  • Always use both sides of a sheet of paper
  • Use e-mail to stay in touch, including cards, rather than faxing or writing. Re-use envelopes
  • Always recycle paper after use
  • Share magazines with friends and pass them on to the doctor, dentist or local hospital for their waiting rooms
Reuse and recycle
  • Use washable diapers instead of disposables if you can
  • Recycle as much as you can – if there are no recycling facilities near you, contact your local council
  • Give unwanted clothes, toys and books to charity shops or garage sales
  • Use main electricity rather than batteries if possible. If not, use rechargeable batteries
  • Use a solar-powered calculator instead of one with a battery
  • Instead of a plastic ballpoint, use a fountain pen with bottled ink, not plastic cartridges
  • Store food and other products in ceramic containers rather than foil and plastic wrap
Reduce waste and pollution
  • Dispose of old appliances – particularly refrigerators with units containing CFCs – responsibly. You may check envirocycle for more information on e-wastes.
  • Choose environmentally friendly cleaning products containing plant extracts that degrade quickly when washed down the drain
  • Put sanitary waste and wrappings in the dustbin, not down the toilet.


Jill said...

Great tips! Thanks for your advice on this matter. Let's make every day an earth day!

lilywhite said...

Thanks Jill for the visit. I hope more & more people start to care for our environment. You have very nice products by the way.

pmm012 said...

also turned the lights off last saturday. i fell asleep.. hahaha.. i just want to add something for the list: When your buying small items from convenient stores, dont let the cashier wrap it in plastic if its really not necessary... sometimes even small item like candy are wraped.. itatapon din nman.. sayang..

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