We should all be concerving energy in order to help save this planet for future generations, and yes every little bit does help, and yes you can make a difference.
Solar lights up the staircase.
The disater on July 11th in which the Vassiliko power station was destroyed, is a prime example of just how easy it is for us to be thrown back to basics with out electricity and without water. However, it should not take something like this for people to realise that we MUST conserve energy. The world is rapidly running out of these resources and we simple cannot sustain this way of life.
Unfortunately Cyprus is very much behind the times in this instance, with energy saving only just on the frindges of conversation, talked about more recently beacause of this disaster. But in a country where there is very little water, but where solar power is in abundance to heat water, one would have thought that, it would be more aware of energy conservation.
Instead I freaquently see patios being hosed down with good drinking water, cars being washed and hosepipes gushing water down the streets, airconditioning units running day and night. TV'S balring out whilst people are asleep in front of them.
The fact is Electricity in Cyprus is the most expensive in Europe and with us now having to buy at an even higher price from outside sources, we will definately feel the difference in those energy bills. Perhaps those who manage to lower their energy bills should be rewarded, to encourage people to start taking notice, and stop waisting electricity and water.
When we lived in Mazatos our first electricity bill was 125 EURO per month. By the time we left I had got it down to 60 EURO per month. So being mindful about what you are using, saves energy for the planet and puts money into your savings account.
So here are few tips on concerving electricity and water if you have any other suggestions perhaps you would share them with us in the comments box.
1.Turn off the TV. Don't have it. Talk with your loved ones, play board games, paint, be creative. We have not had TV for nearly 2 years.
2.Use solar powered lighting wherever possible, all our outside lighting is solar powered.
3.Put in energy saving light bulbs, all our inside bulbs are energy saving light bulbs.
4.Turn lights off when you are not in the room.
5.Turn electrical equipment like TV's, DVD players, off at the wall, you would be supprised at the amount of electricity that still flows when they are on sleep mode.
6.Use fans instead of A/C units.
7. If you must use A/C keep it at 26 degrees this is the most econmical.
8.Sleep outside under a mosquito net the you don't need AC.
9.Use your gas BBQ to bake cakes, bread, cook roast's, quiches ect.
10.Put your washing on at night just before you go to bed, electricity consumption is much less then and the cost is less.
11. Stop using the dishwasher and wash up by hand.
12.Sweep and mop instead of using a hoover. Use the dirty water to water your plants.
13. Invest in a Slow cooker, they are far more economical than an oven.
14.Collect the water that runs before it gets hot and use it to water your plants, or collect it over a few days in several buckets to clean your car or fluch your toilet.
15.Fill kettles and pots and pans for cooking with the cold water that runs before it gets hot.
16. Collect the water form your A/C units to water your garden or wash your patio.
17.Think twice about having a pool. It is very expensive to run a pump on a pool and keeping the water topped up in the summer months uses a lot of much needed drinking water.
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What ever you do, just do your bit.