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Saving Energy

  1. Swap your standard light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs to save energy. If everyone in the US did this – enough energy would be saved to light 3 millions homes every year.
  2. Adjusting your thermostat accordingly over the year can help you save energy and money. Decreasing it by 1 degree in the winter alone will save you 5% on energy consumption.
  3. If you are lucky enough to live where you work, try biking or walking to work as opposed to taking the car. Or if that isn’t an option – try the bus instead to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Saving Water

  1. By going veggie, you could save a substantial amount of water. Did you know it takes approximately 2500 gallons if water to produce one pound of beef?
  2. To save water at bath times you could shower with a friend. A full bath tub uses around 70 gallons of water but a quick 5 – 10 minute shower only uses around 20.
  3. Fix the leaky sink and toilet! A leaky toilet could waste around 200 gallons of water every day.  


  1. Get yourself a worm farm to reduce your food waste and make your very own nutritious compost for your garden and plants.
  2. Grab a few Bags for Life and reuse them every time you go shopping. A staggering 1 trillion plastic bags are discarded every year.
  3. Recycle old electronics as this is now one of the fastest growing waste product!

5 Unique Ways to Save Energy

Wind-Up Torches

Not only are they great for emergencies in the event of a power cut, but they can also be used as a nightlight. It wastes no energy and will eventually power out during the early hours of the morning. 

Letter Box Cover

It might seem like it makes no difference, but up to 27% the heat in your home can be lost through your letter box. There are multiple products on the market that are cheap and effective in keeping your heat inside the house. 

Wall Rugs and Tapestry 

If you have a poorly insulated wall and feel like you might be wasting your money on the heating bill, you can buy wall rugs and tapestry to imrpove insulation. 

Raw Foods

If you can stomach it, try eating more raw foods, perhaps once a week. Not only will you save some pounds, you might even lose some unwated pounds! 

Solar Toys

A good way to get your kids thinking about energy useage from an early age is to use solar powered toys. They can be bought online and in store at most popular children's stores. 

8 Strange Facts About Water Useage

1. Did you know? You can save up to 3.5 gallons of water if you switch to low-flow taps. 

2. By using a water-efficient/low-flow showerhead, you could save up to 40% more water! A five minute shower with aregular showerhead uses up to a staggering 50 gallons of water. 

3. To make one slice of wheat bread, you would need more than 10 gallons of water to produce it. 

4. Unexpectedly, you actually use more water washing your dishes by hand. An automatic dishwater will save you up to 10 gallons of water. 

5. Did you know? Brushing your teeth approximately 2 gallons of water. 

6. Approximately 37 gallons of water is used to grow coffee beans and process them for just one cup of coffee. 

7. For a day's worth of food for a family of four, it would require almost 7,000 gallons of water. 

8. Of all the fresh water on earth, almost 69% is trapped in giant glaciers. 

8 Crazy Facts About Energy

1. Across the globe, an estimated 15 trillion watts of power is being used at any one time. Although the growing population will increase this, it is hoped that more energy efficient technology will help to prevent this. 

2. Did you know? Fridges in America use the same amount of energy as 25 power plants do each year. 

3. The amount of energy the U.S. uses doubles every 20 years. 

4. In lightbulds, 90% of the energy creates heat whilst only 10% of it is actually to create light. 

5. By 2030, the energy consumption made by the world is expected to increase by a staggering 55%. 

6. In buildings, it is estimated that 30% of energy used goes to waste or is used inefficiently. 

7. If a person screamed for approximately eight and a half years, they would create enough energy to heat a cup of tea.

8. Only 33.3% of energy produced by burning coal actually reaches the consumer as electricity.