USE GREEN ENERGY

Use hybrid or electric vehicles, install solar roofs and, if you cannot drop traditional energy, at least try not to waste it unnecessarily.

Alternative energy is a form of energy that is not produced by fossil fuel, i.e. oil or carbon. Marine energy, hydroelectric, wind, geothermal and solar power are all alternative sources of energy.

Up to now local authorities have taken measures to reduce the emissions of microparticles that are highly dangerous for the human health and for the environment. But nowadays, green solutions may be adopted by everybody.

Hybrid or electric vehicles, bike/scooter/car sharing companies, car pooling initiatives, bike lanes: these are all ways to promote sustainable mobility, i.e. a “green” way for people to circulate thus reducing the impact of private vehicles on the environment.

Not only when we move around the world, but also when we are at home we can take measures to save energy.

First of all, if your local authorities allow you, you may install photovoltaic or solar panels for heating, cooling or electrical power generation.

If you, for any reasons, cannot install photovoltaic or solar panels above your house, you may still act responsibly and take measures to reduce loss of energy and, consequently, of money. For instance, when domestic appliances are not being used, they will continue to consume energy and release it in the environment. Therefore, our first recommendation is that you switch them off and unplug them.

Have you ever noticed on the energy counter how much energy you are using (and paying for) even when nobody is at home? If you haven’t, please check. You will go speechless!

In compliance with your community rules and regulations in order to avoid possible neighbours’ complains, you may decide to use your dishwasher and your washing machine during night time or during the weekend, when energy costs are usually lower.

During a hot summer day, when you are melting for the heat, either switch on the air conditioning or open the windows, but don’t let the two conditions coexist. Try and leave your windows open and possibly switch off the light and close the curtains in order to let in little sun light. This should be enough to freshen up the air. If you then put plants in the room where you are working this could also provide for fresh air but please consider that humidity will be higher. If you cannot resist the heat, then close the windows and switch on the air conditioning system. Keep both air temperature and fan speed at medium level.

Another recommendation we have for you: when you move from one room to another, at home or in the office, take it as an habit to switch off the light in the room you are exiting. It may sound a useless detail but quite on the contrary, this helps reduce energy consumption a lot!

Other suggestions we have for you in order to save energy:  

  • make sure all taps are closed and let out no water drops
  • immediately refer to a plumber if you notice any issues within the sanitary and water supply
  • climb stairs instead of taking the lift
  • switch off the light when you watch television (if necessary, switch on a candle)
  • use solar lighting systems, included for Christmas lights
  • check that windows and doors close perfectly and if necessary use double-glazing on all windows

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