Friday, June 06, 2008

U.N. CLIMATE TIPS: DRIVE LESS, DITCH ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

REUTERS - Better insulation at home, less use of the car and even giving up an electric toothbrush can help people in rich nations halve emissions of greenhouse gases, a U.N. report said. "Adopting a climate-friendly lifestyle needn't require drastic changes or major sacrifices," according to the 202-page U.N. Environment Program book entitled "Kick the CO2 Habit: the U.N. Guide to Climate Neutrality".. . . Among examples and their savings of carbon dioxide (CO2):
-- Use a wind-up alarm clock rather than an electric one: 48 grams CO2 a day
-- Dry clothes on a washing line rather than in a tumble dryer: 2.3 kg each load.
-- Pack lighter suitcases. It says that world savings would be 2 million tonnes a year if every airline passenger cut the weight of baggage to below 20 kg and bought duty free goods on arrival.
-- Use a non-electric toothbrush: 48 grams a day.
-- Heat bread rolls in a toaster rather than in the oven for 15 minutes: 170 grams of CO2 each time.
-- Take a train rather than a car for a daily commute of 8 km: 1.7 kg CO2 a day.
-- The average British household could cut 2 tonnes of CO2 annually with more efficient insulation, heating and lighting
-- Reduce winter heating: cutting the temperature by a couple of degrees saves 6 percent in energy bills.
-- Avoid "carbon binges": a return flight across the Atlantic is equivalent to running a car for a year for each passenger.