we all want to protect our planet. After all, the future of our children is at stake - and so is ours. But many parents do not have the option to install a wind or solar system. The good news is that even small changes in our way of life can make a difference. According to information from the Federal Environmental Agency, each German citizen contributes on average to 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) per year to greenhouse gas emissions. On the website KlimAktiv, you will find a calculator with which you can determine your personal consumption.
Try the following tips to reduce your CO 2 balance and the environmental impact of your family.
At homeStop standby consumption
A standby device consumes approximately the same amount of energy as a conventional light bulb. Always turn off TVs, DVD players, computers, washing machines, and other electrical appliances when not in use, and do not leave your mobile phone or digital camera connected to the charger unnecessarily.
Conventional light bulbs consume a lot of energy because they convert it into heat rather than light. Energy saving bulbs consume only a quarter of the power, compared to a light bulb with the same brightness, and last twelve times longer. The UK Energy Saving Trust has calculated that with the energy savings that would be achieved if each household were to install three energy-saving lamps, it would be able to run the street lighting of the UK for one year.
Waste of Toilet Flushing
As climate change also changes the weather, water consumption is just as important as CO 2 emissions. In every household, about 30 percent of the drinking water rushes down the toilet. The installation of a flush stop or a smaller cistern can halve the water consumption. If you do not want to rebuild anything, you can put a brick or a pebble-filled plastic bottle in the cistern. This saves you a lot of water every time you rinse.
Down the drain
It sounds unbelievable, but a dripping tap can consume up to 75 liters of water per day - that's half a bath full. So get your faucets in order. After showering for years as more environmentally friendly than bathing, it has now been discovered that modern high-pressure showerheads can use more water in five minutes than you need to fill a bath - so shower briefly and gently!Another water-saving tip: do not let the water run while brushing your teeth.
Did you know that clothes last longer if you do not wash them so hot? Washing at 30 ° C also saves energy by consuming 40% less electricity. Modern detergents are designed to wash effectively even at low temperatures. So if the clothes are not very dirty, you should wash them at 30 ° C or maybe even cold. Run the machine only fully loaded or choose a program for a half load or other austerity program.
The best clothes dryer is still the clothesline - if you have the space you need, be kind to the environment and hang up your clothes to dry. When using a tumble dryer, make sure that the lint filter is always clean because it reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent. Wait until the dryer is full to save additional energy.
Does it really have to be that warm in your house? Turning down the thermostat of your heating system by just 1 ° C, you can reduce your CO 2 emissions by more than 5 percent. Hot water boilers are responsible for two-thirds of domestic CO 2 emissions. When the time comes to replace your hot water boiler, consider purchasing a high efficiency condensation boiler. Such a boiler converts 90 percent of heating oil into heat, compared to 78 percent with conventional boilers.
Out and aboutLet the car stand
Why not spend a little more time walking or cycling to the office, business, or the park? Your health, your bank account and the environment will be grateful!
Driving efficiently produces less CO 2 , the gas that is primarily responsible for climate change. Ecological driving means avoiding short journeys (a cold car consumes almost twice as much fuel and catalytic converters only work effectively after 8 km - and 60 percent of all trips are shorter than 5 km, according to BUND), shut off the engine in an efficient traffic jam To drive speed, so 90-100 kmh. Higher speeds swallow fuel!
The use of low-rolling-resistance tires and low-viscosity oils can also reduce consumption by 5 percent.
Plan Your Rides
On non-auto occasions, you should plan your trip to reach all destinations within the shortest possible distance. BUND recommends closing the windows and dismantling accessories such as roof racks or bike racks when not in use, to reduce air resistance and increase fuel efficiency.
Pump Your Tires
If the tires are over-inflated, the car consumes up to 3 percent more fuel at the same speed. In addition, over-inflated or under-inflated tires wear off faster, which adds environmental impact. Therefore, always ensure the correct tire pressure, which helps to protect the environment and to keep the breathing air cleaner.
Eco-conscious on holiday
They have an impact on climate change, depending on where you go on holiday and how you get there. Think about For example, let's not go that far for the holidays. And try to get there by train instead of car or plane. Traveling by train results in only one-third of the CO 2 emissions of a short-haul flight.
Breastfeeding is the Best
Each vial of powdered milk pollutes the environment - from activating the kettle to the tinplate, paper and plastic needed to package the milk powder. That's not all, dairy farming requires large pastures and contributes significantly to the problem of acid rain.
Reinventing Wet Wipes
Most baby wipes last for several centuries until they decompose. It has been estimated that a baby needs a total of about 5,000 wet wipes - that's a fairly large amount that ends up in the landfill. Reduce your wet wipe consumption and use alternatives as often as you can. A moistened flannel washcloth in a plastic bag is just as handy if you're on the go and want to clean your baby or toddler's face or hands in between.
Bring your shopping bag
According to Wikipedia, each plastic bag is used for an average of half an hour, and then remains useless on Earth for 100 to 400 years. Or it is burned, releasing toxic substances. Ever since plastic bags cost a bit, per capita consumption in Germany has fallen from 68 to 45. But even the paper alternative is not safe: it lasts only a short time and many resources such as pulp and water are used for their production. It is best to use cloth bags or reusable bags for your purchases or the small polyester bags that are available at many cash registers. If you have any plastic taint, please dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way or use it several times, eg. As for dirty diapers, sports equipment, as a rain cover for the bicycle saddle … your imagination knows no bounds!
Environmentally friendly water bottles
The production and recycling of plastic water bottles consume energy. A cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to buying bottled water is to fill reusable bottles of aluminum or stainless steel with tap water and cool them from being consumed in the refrigerator.Tap water is strictly controlled in Germany and often even healthier than mineral water.
About one-third of our waste could be turned into valuable compost for our gardens, drastically reducing the amount of landfill that ends up in the landfill. Compost raw kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable dishes, eggshells, teabags and coffee filters (but not animal or dairy products). After 6-12 months, this waste has turned into loose, rich fertilizer for your flowerbeds, your vegetable garden or your flower boxes.
Do not throw it away
According to the Federal Statistical Office, every German inhabitant produced 456 kilograms of waste in 2004 - that's 37, 6 million tons of waste! To reduce your waste, you can compost your kitchen waste, avoid products that have excessive packaging, and add as much paper, glass, metal and plastic as possible to the collection of recyclables. Larger items that you no longer need, you can z. B. at charity organizations.Involve Your Family
Create a Garden
Gardening is a great way for children to get in touch with nature in a meaningful and enriching way. Fast-growing sunflowers are always popular with young gardeners, while city kids who do not have a garden have fun pulling other easy-care plants in pots and window boxes.
Seasonal fruit and vegetablesStrawberries in January may be fun - but a disaster for the environment. In order to get them on our tables, they are grown in greenhouses in Italy, Spain or France, which need to be heated - which costs a lot of energy. Then the fruits have to be transported to Germany, which also consumes energy and the exhaust gases from trucks and planes additionally pollute the environment. Better to eat strawberries - and other fruits and vegetables - preferably if they have matured in our area.