WHAT YOU CAN DO
Following you’ll find many tips on how to save energy —and money—no matter where you are or what you’re doing. In fact you can do it even in your sleep!
With rooms, showers, restaurants, bars and shops, a ship resembles a small city. The electricity and fresh water on board are being generated by machinery that also consumes fossil fuels. So, we kindly ask you to follow the simple steps below. Look at it as your contribution towards a cleaner future.
|While brushing your teeth, shaving or taking a shower, don’t leave the water running.|
|Turn off your cabin lights when you leave your cabin.|
|Do not use more bed linen, blankets, towels or pillows than necessary.|
|Buy energy saving bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) require only 25% of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs. CFLs are more expensive to buy but, as they last so long, they end up saving you money.|
|Fill it, then run it. Only run the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer when they are fully loaded. For further energy savings, wash clothes in warm or cold water, not hot.|
|Two degrees can make a difference. Don’t overheat rooms in cold weather and overcool them when it’s hot. Moving the thermostat down 2°C in winter and up 2°C in summer can save about 160 kg of carbon dioxide emissions a year.|
|Think balmy, not boiling. Keep your water-heater thermostat no higher than 45°C. Also, if your water heater is more than five years old, wrapping it with an insulating jacket could save energy further. If you’re in the market for a new water heater, look into switching to a tank-less model that heats only when the hot water is turned on.|
|Double-up for cold weather. Switching to double-pane windows will trap more heat inside your home, so you use less energy in the winter.|
|«A clean filter is an efficient filter. Clean or replace furnace, air-conditioner and heat-pump filters. Using clean filters ensures that these appliances run as efficiently as possible.|
|Out with the old. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with new ones. You’ll save hundreds of kg of carbon dioxide and hundreds of Euros a year by updating everything, from your refrigerator and dishwasher to your telephone and TV. When shopping, choose products based on their energy-saving rating.|
|Switch off AND unplug. Many electronic devices continue to draw power even when they’re turned off or fully charged. This includes cordless phones, cell phones, power tools, TV sets, and computer monitors. Plug these devices into a power strip and turn the strip off when the devices are not in use (the strip doesn’t draw power).|
|Take a quick shower. Showers account for two-thirds of all household water-heating costs. Cut down your shower time and you’ll cut down on energy. Also, change to low-flow showerheads as they use less water.|
|Plant a tree. Trees soak up carbon dioxide and produce clean air for us to breathe. Planting shade trees around your house also will help reduce your summer air-conditioning bills.|
|Prefer local products. Buying locally means less energy is required to drive your products to the market. Look for local fruits and vegetables, or even try growing your own. Try to buy clothes and other items that are manufactured close to home.|
|Go green. Green-energy suppliers produce electricity from renewable sources like wind and hydroelectric power. Find out if a green-energy supplier services your area.|
|Transportation is the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions.
The best way to reduce these emissions is, well, not to use your car.
But if you’re really dependent on your precious automobile following the tips below will reduce the amount of fuel you use—and save you money!
|Combat deflation. When you drive, make sure your car’s tyres are properly inflated. You’ll use less gas (and corner better).|
|Drive less. Do more. Think ahead when running errands. Combine trips so that you are not using your car for single-purpose trips.|
|Drive in company. Organize carpools to get to your destination. Every passenger in your carpool means one car less on the road. Rotate driving responsibilities to save on wear and tear to everyone’s cars.|
|Put your junk in storage. A car isn’t a closet, so don’t keep your trunk full with items you don’t need. An extra 40 kg in your vehicle reduces fuel economy by up to 2%. Also, when travelling, put luggage inside your car rather than on the roof to minimize drag and increase gas mileage.|
|Don’t sit idly by. When you’re sitting in traffic, switch off the engine. Even at idle, an engine consumes fuel.|
|Go public. Best of all, leave your car at home and use public transportation. Read your favourite novel while somebody else does the driving.|