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Energy Saving Tips

1. Switch off lights, appliances and equipment when they're not needed.
2. Install energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps.
3. Make your home more comfortable by insulating.
4. Manage home heating and cooling by setting thermostats appropriately - a couple of degrees up in summer and a couple of degrees down in winter.
5. Cut hot water usage by installing a water-efficient showerhead, taking shorter showers and using cold water clothes washing.
6. Switch off your second fridge except when it's really needed.
7. Switch to low greenhouse impact transport options like bicycle or public transport.
8. Minimise waste of packaging and materials - refuse, reduce, re-use, recycle.
9. Use solar power - dry your clothes on the clothes line outside, not in a dryer.
10. Use rechargable batteries.
11. Do things manually instead of electrically, like open cans by hand.
12. Use fans instead of air conditioners.
13. Whenever possible, use a bus or subway, or ride your bike or walk.
14. Try to buy organic fruits and vegetables if you're concerned about pesticides. (Organic food is grown without man-made fertilizers and/or pesticides).
15. Don't waste products made from forest materials.
16. Use recycled paper and/or recycle it. Reuse old papers.
17. Don't buy products that may have been made at the expense of the rainforest.
18. Support products that are harvested from the rainforest but have not cut down trees to get it.
19. Plant trees, especially if you have cut one down.
20. Get other people to help you in your cause. Make and/or join an organization.
21. Avoid products that are used once, then thrown away.
22. Buy products with little or no packaging.
23. Encourage your grocery store to sell environmentally friendly cloth bags for people to use when they shop, or bring your own.
24. Compost.
25. Buy recycled products.
26. Don't buy pets taken from the wild.
27. If you have a good zoo nearby, (if the animals are healthy and the zoo takes care of them), support it! Especially if they help breed endangered animals.
28. Don't buy products if animals were killed to make it.

Good decisions I can make in the future.

1. When buying a car, buy a fuel-efficient one. Alternatively, consider buying a transport pass or bicycle.
2. When building, renovating, renting or buying a home, aim for high energy-efficiency and install energy-efficient appliances and lighting.
3. When replacing an electric hot water service install a high efficiency gas or solar unit.
4. Buy energy-efficient appliances with low standby power usage.
5. When choosing a home location, consider the time and cost of travel from there to work, school, shops and leisure activities.

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