Magazine article New Internationalist

Slobbie Ozzie Does Detox: A 20-Step Programme to Help You Kick Your Global-Warming, Energy-Guzzling Habit

Magazine article New Internationalist

Slobbie Ozzie Does Detox: A 20-Step Programme to Help You Kick Your Global-Warming, Energy-Guzzling Habit

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Anyone can do it! Even him!

Around half of CO[Symbol Not Transcribed] emissions - the main greenhouse gas - come from energy use in homes and from personal transport. So what you do can make a big difference.

START HERE! Stage 1 Easy-peasy

1 OK, it's screamingly obvious but switch off lights when you leave a room and turn off radiators in unused rooms.

2 Cook with lids on pots and use economy settings on domestic appliances. If you boil just the water you need to make hot drinks, in a week you could have saved enough to light your house for a day.

3 Running a washing machine and dishwasher at 40[Symbol Not Transcribed] [degree]C(1) instead of 60[Symbol Not Transcribed] [degree]C will use a third less energy. Use a washing line or clothes horse - not a tumble drier.

4 Turn down your thermostat - even 1[Symbol Not Transcribed] [degree]C less can cut your heating bill by 10 per cent. Keeping your refrigerator just 1[Symbol Not Transcribed] [degree]C warmer saves about 50 kg of greenhouse gas a year.(2)

5 Turn your TV, stereo or DVD appliances off at the power point. Using your remote and leaving them on standby uses between 10-60 per-cent extra juice.

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Stage 2 Make an effort

6 Shop locally, eat more plant-based food. Intensive animal rearing produces lots of methane. Beef's the worst - to produce one kilogram creates half a kilogram of methane, a very powerful greenhouse-gas equivalent to more than ten kilograms of CO[Symbol Not Transcribed]. Buy regional, organic food in season whenever possible.

7 Replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient Compact Fluorescent ones. A CF bulb will use a fifth of the electricity, last ten times longer and save half a tonne of CO[Symbol Not Transcribed] in its lifetime.

8 Walk, cycle, take public transport or consider a car pool wherever possible. Reduce your air travel - one long-haul flight can outweigh all other personal emissions.(3) But short hops are even more wasteful. If you must have a car, service it regularly, keep the tyres properly pumped and you'll save up to a tonne of greenhouse gases per year.

9 Switch to electricity from renewable sources with a green power supplier and cut your CO[Symbol Not Transcribed] pollution by 1.42 tonnes over one year. In most cases it won't add much to your bill. But cut your consumption too, because there isn't enough clean energy being produced to meet all needs! …

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