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On average, households in the European Union spend 70% of the energy on heating homes and another 14% on heating water.

Turn Lights off

If you leave the room, turn off the lights. Five 60-Watt light bulbs burning for 4 hours a day produce 270 kg (500 pounds) of carbon per year.

Turn off appliances – no standby mode

Appliances consume electrical power even in standby mode. Plug all appliances (TV, DVD player, stereo) into a single multi-socket electrical bar. When the appliances are not in use, just switch off the bar.

4 appliances in standby mode produce about 35 kg (80 lbs) of carbon per year.

Disconnect chargers

Chargers consume energy even without a connected phone.

Turn off your computer if not in use

1 computer operating for 1 hour a day produces 75 kg (165 lbs) of carbon per year.

Regulate the room temperature
Set up your thermostat so that the temperature is automatically lowered at night or when you are not home and raised again in the morning or when you come back home.

Unadjusted heating produces 440 kg (970  lbs) of carbon per year.

Regulate the hot water temperature
The hot water and the boiler temperatures must not exceed 60° C (140° F).

In the winter open windows for short periods of time
A small window open all day long causes almost one additional ton of carbon emissions in a year.

Electric fan instead of air conditioning
Air conditioning uses 30 times more energy than an electric fan. An average room air conditioner produces 0.65 kg (1.4  lb) of carbon emissions per hour.

Shower instead of bath
Showers require only a quarter of the energy of a bath.

Less heating in the winter
Reducing the temperature by just 1° C (1.8° F ) you can lower your energy consumption by 5 to 10% and save up to 300 kg (660 lbs) of carbon emissions per year.

Less cooling in the summer
Adjust the temperature of the air conditioning to 25° C (77° F) or higher and save 10% to 20% in energy costs.

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