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How You Can Contribute on Zero Emissions Day

Zero Emissions Day, also known as ‘ZeDay’, is a worldwide movement that aims to encourage the use of renewable energy sources, as opposed to finite fossil fuels.

If you are looking for a challenge that will have a real and positive impact on the environment, both locally and globally, then there is a great opportunity to use less energy on this day give our planet one day off a year.

There are many simple ways you can save energy on this day:

  • Turn off your heater, cooling units and appliances when you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Turning things off at the powerpoint can save even more power than at the switch or remote control.
  • Switch off your computer and equipment such as printers or wifi routers overnight, or while you're away.
  • Shut doors to areas you're not using, and only cool or heat the rooms where you spend the most time.
  • In cooler months, make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly.
  • In winter, set your thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees. In summer, set your thermostat to 24 degrees or above.

 

Electricity derived from fossil fuels is the biggest contributor to air emissions in the developed and developing countries. These emissions contribute to smog, acid rain, climate change, and other factors. In turn, climate change is believed to create conditions that cause catastrophic events like forest fires, disease breakouts, and droughts.

The amount of energy consumed by modern society is staggering, with more and more power-hungry devices becoming part of our daily lives and all these devices need to be charged and powered through the bulk of electricity generated globally is still fossil-fuel based, with only a small percentage generated through renewable sources such as solar, water and wind.

Top Tip: Energy-efficient globes could save you up to 80 per cent off your lighting costs. LED bulbs use less power and last longer. That means you spend less money and time replacing them.

Small, everyday changes in your power consumption can be easy to make. They don’t cost much, but they can add up to real energy savings for the planet and your wallet.

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