Small actions, big effects
At the cost of a few efforts, we can adapt our lifestyle and adopt sustainable consumption practices. The “planet attitude” in the kitchen, more than anywhere else.
Covering the pan when you boil water uses 30% less gas.
Adjust the refrigerator’s thermostat. 4°C is amply sufficient. One degree lower means a 5% increase in energy consumption!
Avoid frozen foods. On average, per household, cold production consumes 1,100 kWh yearly. 500 kWh is the amount of energy contained in 40 litres of petrol.
Reduce and sort waste (paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, etc.) in the appropriate bins. We produce more than 1 kg of waste per day and per person – twice the amount produced in 1960.
Choose appliances identified with the letter A (low energy consumption). The energy-use categories are from A to G. For example, a dishwasher in class A has a low-end energy consumption of 1.06 kWh, whereas that of a machine in class G is above 2.05 kWh.
Use compact fluorescent lamps. They are more expensive to purchase. But their life expectancy is above 8,000 hours, compared to 1,000 hours for an incandescent lamp. Low-energy-consumption lamps can result in a savings of up to 75% on your electricity bill.
Invest in filter water jugs and limit your purchases of bottled water. Barely 17% of plastics are recycled.
The life expectancy of an LED is 50,000 hours, or 17 years of light 8 hours per day..
LEDs reduce your consumption (-84% compared to halogen lighting) and their manufacture produces less waste. Good for you, good for the environment.