Schools - Making them more eco friendly
(11 votes, average 3.91 out of 5)

Schools should be treated in a similar way to our workplaces when it comes to making them more environmentally friendly.  They also present an excellent opportunity to showcase good practice to future generation.  Many projects can be implemented that will not only benefit the environment but also reduce costs. Some simple ideas you might like to trial in your school include:

Introduce school/class projects that require an audit of energy.  Students can conduct an energy audit which takes into consideration how energy and resources are used. This would include identifying the number of lights, power points and appliances; 

Have the students develop a list of how energy use can be reduced;

Using rainwater to flush your loo
(5 votes, average 3.80 out of 5)

If you are not right into gardening, or do not want to go to the expense of fitting filters and pressure pumps to build an expensive rainwater system for your house, then try this. I have added several rainwater tanks to the property and am now collecting 160 litres of rainwater from my gutters for every 1ml of rain that falls. This is because I have a roof area of 160 square metres. I did not want to spend a lot of money on plumbing this rainwater into my toilet.

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Standby to Save Energy and Money around the House
(10 votes, average 3.90 out of 5)

Standby power is a something that is present in a great number of modern electrical devices. In simple terms it refers to the electric power (energy) consumed by electronic appliances while it is switched off or in a standby mode.

The amount of wasted standby power of a single electronic device is typically very small, often between 10 and 15 watts per device, but in some instances it can be more. Having multiple devices continuously plugged in can however equate to as much as 10 percent of total household energy consumption. You can check how much energy your devices are each using in standby mode with a watt meter.

Making Love vs Environment - Is it sustainable?
(7 votes, average 4.14 out of 5)

This is a fairly radical view point and one I do not subscribe to personally but it does pose some interesting questions.

Without doubt the majority of parents view their children as a wonderful blessing and joy. However there is small group of individuals who subscribe to the theory that children are in fact a threat to the future of our planet. Their view is based on the idea that each additional human being uses more of the planets limited resources such as food, water, fossil fuels and  trees and contributes additional greenhouse gases, rubbish and pollution. 

A slightly less controversial view point is that if we limited the number of children each family has then we also limit the negative impact on population growth and ultimately produce individuals that contribute to our the development of ecologically sustainable technologies and projects.

Energy Saving Ideas for the Office
(7 votes, average 3.86 out of 5)

Below are some simple by effective ideas to help reduce the impact your office is having on the environment. 

Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent lights). In addition to reducing the lighting bill by up to 75% they also produce less heat than traditional light globes (so you have the added bonus of saving on cooling costs in the warmer months).

Switch off all non essential lights off after hours.

Switch off lights in areas such as the stationary or store rooms that are not occupied (look at investing in timer / motion light switches)

Use natural ventilation and fans where possible.

If air conditioning is used, make sure all windows and doors (where applicable) are closed in order to reduce the loss of heated or cooled air.