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 Ways To Reduce Greenhouse Gases- Start From Everyday Life (1)

1.Less AC, More Fan

Choose air conditioners with energy labels

The temperature should be set at 26~28℃ and used in combination

 with fans.

Every degree up is 6% energy conserved.

Clean the filter every 2-3 weeks.

Adding a sun shading board outside can lower 75% of radiated heat.

2.Open the refrigerator less

There should be 10 cm between the wall and the refrigerator to spread

 the heat.

The storage capacity should be around 80%, so the cold air flow

 won't be blocked.

The temperature should be appropriate, and not under extreme

 coldness for too long.

The padding around the door should be tight so that the cold air  

 doesn't leak.

Don't open the door too often or too long.

3.Turn off the television and unplug it

Choose Tv with energy labels. Unplug it if not in use for a long time.

The back should not face windows, to avoid the sun.

The back of the TV should be 10 cm away from the wall.

Avoid long periods of TV, to avoid high temperatures and more


4.Wash clothing in cold water, and dry them naturally

Choose washing machines with energy labels.

Wash your clothing when it reaches 70~80% of the max load, and

 choose the most appropriate cleaning method.

Nylon only needs 1 minute to de-water, while normal clothing needs 3.

After soaking for 20 minutes, the washing effect will be more


Use a natural way to dry clothing, the sun.

Automatic cleaning mode should be used according to how dirty the

 load is, and what type of washing liquid is used.

5.The fan should be timed to "min" periodically

Choose fans with energy labels

Use "min" mode, to save energy and lower the noise.

Choose fans with timers, and choose according to the room size.

Use fans to bring in cool air from outside or in combination with air conditioners, to improve the air flow.

6.Use solar powered water heaters

Choose water heaters with energy labels.

Check the batteries periodically, to avoid incomplete burning of gas,

 and check the gas regularly, to avoid red flames.

Wash for around 10 minutes, showers are better than baths, saving 2~3

 times heated water.

The shorter the piping, the better. For longer pipes insulation should be


Use solar powered heaters, which can save up to 70% on fuel prices.

7.Choose high efficiency lighting

Choose lighting with energy labels.

Fluorescent lighting uses about a third of energy compared to

 incandescent lighting.

Turn off the light! Even if it's a short amount of time, it can still save


Lower the amount of light bulbs used. Save energy and lower the

 amount of trash!

Use energy efficient lighting, like motion sensors and timers.

Light bulbs and lighting should be wiped periodically to enhance the


8.Close doors and windows while dehumidifying.

Choose dehumidifiers with energy labels.

Close the door and windows when dehumidifying to prevent humid air  

 from entering.

The filter should be cleaned, to maintain clean and circulating air.

Put the dehumidifier in a place with good circulation, and avoid putting

 it in corners. This will prevent the circulation from being blocked.

Dehumidifiers should be put on solid ground, to avoid vibration and


9.Use water conserving shower heads

Changing the standard shower head (14.3 liters per minute) to a water conserving (less than 11 liters a minute) one may be the most effective water conserving measure you can do at home. For a family, 16 minutes in the shower a day can mean saving 30,000 liters of water a year, and in addition, the 900 kilowatt hours of heating, and 200 kg of carbon dioxide emission (350 kg for coal gas heaters, 450 for oil heaters).

10.OK Categorize your trash!

Use less paper, and reuse paper. Share newspapers, pass reports

 around, and use waste paper as note paper.

Recycle paper. Recycled paper needs less than 50% of the original

 energy to manufacture, and every ton of recycled paper means 19 trees


Use recycled cans, every ton means less than two thirds of the original

 energy cost.

Pictures from:

Extracted from "Global Warming, What Should We Do? Read the Prescription in the Kyoto Protocol".

Project manager: Shin Chen Yie Illustrations by: Shu Hwai Yang Published by the Kaoshiung City Government EPA and the Third Nature Publishing Co.


Energy Label Global Info Page

Greenhouse Gas Miser Handbook


Energy and Resource Lab, Industrial Technology Research Institute,

Energy Park, Taiwan

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