Energy Saving Tips From Other Cultures
These reasons may seem slightly different from what is obtainable in the UK but it is essentially the same fundamental reason, which is saving money; and saving the environment is an added benefit.
Some of these are tips from my culture which I believe may be beneficial when used here as well.
Use a bucket when taking a bath. One of the ways one can save water is the use of a bucket and small bowl when taking a bath. Using this method more often as opposed to a shower and a bath would help to reduce the quantity of water we use at bath times. The advantages are that you get clean and refreshed for less because you use less water and heating.
Collect rain water from your roof. You can use a bucket or plastic drum to collect run off rain water from the roof gutters. The collected water can be used in a variety of ways, to water your garden, wash your car or your patio.
Reuse water as much as possible. You can also clean fruits and vegetables by washing them in a bowl and then re-use the water to for plants and flowers around the house or in the garden.
Store drinking water for later. Rather than boil of whole kettle of water any time you want a cup of tea, you can store hot water for tea and coffee in a flask and if you get a really good flask it can keep the water hot for 24 hours. And during the summer when the pipes tend to be hot, instead of running the tap until you get cool water to drink, you can keep water refrigerated in a jug or bottle.
Shop for the month and cook for the week. By planning to do major household shopping monthly you can save on petrol, as you reduce the number of times you need to run to the store. Cooking weekly and storing in the fridge or freezer might also help as you can cook most of your food at once and then re-heat in a microwave as needed. Try to bring the portion of food you need out early to defrost so you don’t have to re-heat from frozen, to help reduce the time in the microwave.
Use a broom to sweep more often and only vacuum clean once in a while, especially if what you need to clean up is just bits and pieces or small patches. This would help reduce energy bills.