We feel if each one of us can make a small effort towards saving energy & water, we can collectively make a big difference to this planet. These small steps can go a long way in making this world a much better place for us and for generations to come.
Join Trimurty in its mission towards a greener earth!
There are simple ways that you can save power at work.
- Switch to energy efficient light devices wherever possible – CFLs & LEDs
- Make sure all the lights are turned off after hours
- Switch computers, monitors, audio visual systems and other office equipment off at the power point, instead of leaving them on standby
- Check the energy rating label when purchasing new appliances and equipment – the more stars the better
- Turn off the air conditioner and use a fan wherever possible
Here are some energy saving tips and ideas for home.
- Use natural light during the day as much as possible
- Install energy-efficient lighting – CFLs and LEDs
- Check the energy rating label when purchasing new ACs – the more stars the better
- Unplug unused devices – TVs, ACs, etc or switch them off at the wall
- Install energy efficient water heaters inside the toilet and switch off when not required.
- Wash full loads
- Use shorter wash cycles
- If you're using the clothes dryer, fill it – it's more efficient to dry a full load
- Clean the clothes dryer lint filter after use
- Use the low heat setting on your dryer whenever you can
- Ventilate the clothes dryer to the outside
- Switch to cold water when you’re doing the laundry
- Defrost food naturally instead of using the microwave
- Use a microwave or toaster instead of the oven or stovetop whenever you can
- Avoid opening oven doors too often – each time you do the temperature drops by up to 15°C
- Fridges and freezers operate most efficiently when they're full but not overloaded
- Set your freezer at -18°C and your fridge between 2°C and 5°C for greater efficiency
- Leave space around the back of your fridge or freezer for air to circulate
- Avoid placing your fridge or freezer next to your oven or stove, or in direct sunlight
Bathroom use accounts for about 75% of the total water used inside the home.
- Check regularly for any leaks in your toilet, faucets and water hose bibs and fix them.
- Install a low-flow showerhead.
- Replace older, larger-use toilets with the newer higher efficiency toilets.
- Take short showers and save the baths for special occasions.
About 8% of in-home water use takes place in the kitchen.
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. An efficient dishwasher usually uses much less water than washing dishes by hand.
- Install a low-flow faucet aerator, which can cut water use in half.
- When buying a new dishwasher, consider purchasing a water-saving model. (New models use up to 25% less water than older ones)
Around the house
- Wash only full loads in the washing machine. Washing small loads uses over twice as much water per load of laundry.
- When buying a new clothes washing machine, consider purchasing a water-saving model.
- Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays (and wasted water) while waiting for the water to "run hot." When building a new home, keep the distance short between the hot water heater and showers and other places that hot water is used.
Identify and fix leaks
- Look for a trend of increased usage that cannot be associated with increased business through sub-meters.
- Conduct regular inspections of equipment or areas where leaks could occur, like pipe-work joints, connections and fittings. Indications include dampness, rust marks or swelling boards. Significant leaks can often be detected by listening in the absence of other noise.
- Check equipment. Worn, old or poorly maintained equipment can waste significant amounts of water.
- Irrigate hydro zones based upon the plants' water needs.
- Install weather-based SMART irrigation controllers.
- Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure they are not damaged or malfunctioning in any way.
- Adjust sprinklers so they are not spraying water on paved surfaces.
- Have an irrigation professional design, install and maintain the irrigation system.
- Specify in professional services contracts and check regularly that landscaping maintenance employees/contractors follow landscape industry best management practices.