The Origin of 365 Ways...
I came across this amazing book by Phillippe Bourseiller when i was in Denmark close to a year ago: "For the past 15 years, Phillippe Bourseiller has photographed nature from every angle: from the eruption of the volcano Pinatubo to the great deserts of ice and sand, he has captured the hidden colours and breathtaking lights of our planet. But our contemporary way of life threatens this fragile beauty. To encourage more restraint, Philippe Bourseiller teams 365 photographs with a daily ecological action. Each of the initiatives is accompanied by facts and statistics that illustrate the threats to the environment posed by our behavious, and demonstrate the beneficial consequences of the recommended actions. Each day reveals the image of a wonder of nature along with the guidelines to preserve our planet. Through the pages of 365 Ways to Save the Earth, a truly ethical way of life takes shape." Starting from today, i would like to post each inspiring page according to the days on the yearly calendar (supposed to start from jan, but...i'll catch up!). Hopefully, you'll look at everyday a little differently after this...
- Leisure - Be environmentally aware when taking par...
- Agriculture - Make it a rule to buy organic for a ...
- Consumption - Buy recycled
- Water - Use less water when flushing the toilet
- Waste - Encourage your place of work to start comp...
- Energy - Improve the efficiency of your radiators
- Energy - Buy 'green' electricity
- Forests - Recycle Christmas trees and cards
- Energy - Turn down your heating by 1 deg Celcius
- Agriculture - Buy Fair Trade products, and help co...
- ▼ January (10)
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Energy - Turn down your heating by 1 deg Celcius
Buildings are a major source of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. Two-thirds of the energy used by buildings is for hot water and heating. Carefully managing our domestic heating thus allows us to minimise global warming and to avoid further polluting the air around us.
Our houses are often heated to excess. The ideal living room temperature is 20 deg C (68 deg F), and bedrooms are healthier at 16 deg C (60.8 deg F). Each one-degree increase in temperature produces a 7 to 11 % increase in energy consumption (depending on how well-insulated your home is). Use your heat wisely and insulate well.