Several energy-efficient solutions (Part 2)

     6. Don’t overdo the heater and air conditioner. A 2 degree reduction in the heater in winter will help reduce 6% of CO2 emissions, equivalent to 191 kg of CO2.

7. Regularly clean and replace the filter. Energy is lost when air conditioners and heaters have to work “harder” to draw air through a dusty filter. Cleaning the filter will save 5% of energy and reduce 80kg of CO2 emissions.

     8. Use energy-saving compact bulbs for the best light efficiency. Although the initial investment cost is higher than conventional bulbs, compact bulbs in the long run will be more economical because they only use of the electricity and have a lifespan of 8-12 times longer than conventional bulbs. provides equivalent brightness. When lighting a normal bulb, only 10% of the electricity is used to light up and the remaining 90% of the electricity is only used to make the bulb heat up.

     9. Insulate your hot water heating system at a cost of only $ 10- $ 20 but will save 450 kg of gas for hot water heating

     10. Install a nozzle to reduce water flow to limit hot water use. It costs about $ 10- $ 20 but annually reduces about 650 kg of CO2 emissions and saves 200 kg of gas.

     11. Self-conditioning indoor / apartment. Seal up air leaks on windows or doors. This costs only about $ 1 per window and will reduce 2,500kg of CO2 emissions. Ask your supplier to do an energy audit to see if your home is energy efficient or not. This service can be either free or for a very small cost. Make sure they check your home heating and air conditioning system as well.

     12. Walk, bike, carpool or use public transport whenever possible. For example, if your car travels 30 km and consumes 1 gallon of gasoline, each year you reduce 3200km of travel will reduce 4000kg CO2 per year.

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.