Several energy-efficient solutions (Part 1)

Saving energy not only saves money but also reduces the need to use fossil fuels such as kerosene, coal, natural gas.

Reducing the use of these fuels also means reducing CO2 – the main cause of global warming and other forms of pollution – is released into the environment.

     With just a few small actions, you will reduce a large amount of CO2 emissions and reduce the cost of household bills.

     1. Increase the refrigerator’s temperature. Refrigerators consume about 20% of the electricity of all appliances in the home. Make sure the power save mode switch is always turned on. Check the gaskets around the doors to make sure they stay clean and snug.

     2. Set the washing machine to warm or cold water, not the hot wash mode. This will reduce about 227 kg of CO2 for electric machines to heat water and 68 kg of CO2 for gas types.

     3. Make sure that when washing dishes with a machine, the bowls and dishes must be filled in the basket.  You can turn off the chopsticks drying mode. This will save you 20% of your machine’s electricity consumption.

     4. Reduce the temperature of the hot water heater. Instead of setting the temperature to 600C, set 500C. If each family reduced the temperature of the hot water heater to 100C, we would reduce 45 million tons of CO2 emissions each year – equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted by both Kuwait or Lebanon.

     5. Every time you replace old appliances, choose energy-efficient products. Look to see if there is an energy saving label on the product. Buy the product best suited to the needs of the family, not too big. A horizontal cage washing machine, for example, can save 60% to 70% of water usage compared to a vertical cage machine. Replacing a 1973 refrigerator with a new energy-efficient model could reduce 1.4 tons of CO2 emissions. Buying a solar water heater system reduces 4.9 tons of CO2 per year.