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How to Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Tips for conserving electricity and cutting your energy costs

Don't forget the basics. This simple stuff will save energy -- and money -- right now.

1. Unplug

  • Unplug seldom-used appliances, like an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that contains just a few items. You may save around $10 every month on your utility bill
  • Unplug your chargers when you're not charging. Every house is full of little plastic power supplies to charge cell phones, PDA's, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets. Keep them unplugged until you need them.
  • Use power strips to switch off televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when you're not using them. Even when you think these products are off, together, their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.

    2. Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate
  • Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel. Mac users, look for energy saving settings under system preferences in the apple menu.
  • Configure your computer to "hibernate" automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity. The "hibernate mode" turns the computer off in a way that doesn't require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch. When you're done for the day, shut down.

    3. Take Control of Temperature
  • Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees or less during the daytime, and 55 degrees before going to sleep (or when you're away for the day). During the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees or more.
  • Use sunlight wisely. During the heating season, leave shades and blinds open on sunny days, but close them at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. Close shades and blinds during the summer or when the air conditioner is in use or will be in use later in the day.
  • Set the thermostat on your water heater between 120 and 130 degrees. Lower temperatures can save more energy, but you might run out of hot water or end up using extra electricity to boost the hot water temperature in your dishwasher.

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  • 4. Use Appliances Efficiently

    • Set your refrigerator temperature at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit; your freezer should be set between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the power-save switch if your fridge has one, and make sure the door seals tightly. You can check this by making sure that a dollar bill closed in between the door gaskets is difficult to pull out. If it slides easily between the gaskets, replace them.
    • Don't preheat or "peek" inside the oven more than necessary. Check the seal on the oven door, and use a microwave oven for cooking or reheating small items.
    • Wash only full loads in your dishwasher, using short cycles for all but the dirtiest dishes. This saves water and the energy used to pump and heat it. Air-drying, if you have the time, can also reduce energy use.
    • In your clothes washer, set the appropriate water level for the size of the load; wash in cold water when practical, and always rinse in cold.
    • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each use. Dry heavy and light fabrics separately and don't add wet items to a load that's already partly dry. If available, use the moisture sensor setting. (A clothesline is the most energy-efficient clothes dryer of all!)

      5. Turn Out the Lights
    • Don't forget to flick the switch when you leave a room.
      o Remember this at the office, too. Turn out or dim the lights in unused conference rooms, and when you step out for lunch. Work by daylight when possible. A typical commercial building uses more energy for lighting than anything else.

    • IT cos increase focus on green initiatives

      Bangalore, June 5 For an increasing number of corporate organisations the worldover, it is making sense to go green. India’s IT sector is no exception.

      Not surprisingly, as a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme observes, investment in green energy ($140 billion) in 2008 was higher than that in gas and coal-based power generation ($110 billion).

      The report said the biggest growth in renewable investment, particularly in the form of wind energy, came from China, India and other developing countries. Against this backdrop, IT companies claim to have increased their focus on renewable options, even as environmental watchdog organisations such as Greenpeace have contested their claims at a global level.

      Wipro’s Eco Eye

      Wipro Ltd as part of its Eco Eye initiative to achieve ecological sustainability has started a pilot project to harness wind energy. Such projects fetch carbon credits, which in turn fetch a good price in secondary markets.

      One such project is the aero wind generator in the company’s Electronic City campus. This can power 10 street lights fitted with its LED or CFL lamps of 18 watts each for 10 hours every day. It can lead to reduction in the electricity bill costs and total carbon savings is 2.89 tonnes a year, Wipro said.

      Wipro is also using food-waste from the cafeterias in its campus to generate bio-gas, which is used for cooking. The plant converts about 1,000 kg of food waste daily into gas comparable to four to six commercial cylinders of LPG.

      More than 80 per cent of electricity used by US-based computer networking equipment maker Cisco Systems Ltd’s European operations is renewable. In the US, about 32.5 per cent of their operations come from hydropower, wind and biomass projects, Cisco said. The company expects to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emission by 25 per cent by 2012 based on its 2007 baseline emissions.

      Green engg efforts
      Infosys Technologies Ltd says it is focused on green buildings, water harvesting and conservation, better transport management by encouraging car pool for its employees and increasing bio-diversity in its campuses.

      The company also has a product lifecycle and engineering solutions business unit that is focused on ‘green engineering’. The unit works on new products as well as on refurbishing existing products to make them more energy efficient. It also seeks to make the manufacturing processes more optimal. Mr Valmeeka Nathan, Vice-President and Head, Product Lifecycle and Engineering Solutions, Infosys, said the business has seen good demand from aircraft manufacturers and energy generation companies.

      Hewlett-Packard Co has reduced the number of data centres to six from 85 over the last three years, which has led to a reduction in annual energy consumption in data centres by 60 per cent. Software maker SAP has set a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emission by 51 per cent by 2020 from its 2007 published baseline levels.

      However, Mr Abhishek Pratap, Toxic Campaigner, Greenpeace, said a lot what the companies claim is rhetoric.

      In the recently published Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge, the organisation has rated IT companies on the basis of energy efficiency of the solutions offered by a company, political advocacy undertaken by a company on emission reduction targets, and its internal efforts to reduce emission.

      Mr Pratap said IBM and Sun Microsystems have scored the highest – 29 points out of 100 points. While Cisco has received 19 points, HP has received 16 points, he added.

      Nokia’s Five Pillars of Green Initiative
      Nokia works with different stakeholders to drive environmentally sustainable initiatives. Nokias five pillars of Green initiative are Evolve, Recycle, Energise, Create and Support.

      Nokias environment initiatives are based on life-cycle thinking and aim at focusing on all facets of operations, devices and services to reduce their overall impact on the environment. Some of Nokias Go Green initiatives

    • As part of its initiative to Go green, Nokia has started an innovative software-based service, called Eco Zone. It gives Nokia users access to information about environmental organizations, communities, applications and movements on Nokia mobile phones. It also has a feature called We:Offset that allows users to calculate and then offset their carbon footprint.
    • Under Nokias Material and substances management initiatives, all new new Nokia devices are made free from free of PVC, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) and by 2010 will also be free of Brominated and Chlorinated compounds and Antimony Trioxide.
    • In May 2007 Nokia became the FIRST mobile manufacturer to put alerts into phones encouraging people to unplug their chargers
    • Launched the Nokias AC-8 eco charger, the most efficient charger yet Uses 94 percent less energy when not charging than the Energy Star requirements specify
    • Smaller&smarter packaging- Virtually all of our packaging is recyclable, and we have been developing ways to use less packaging in our products.
    • Take-Back campaign- Launched in 85 countries. In India Nokiahas 1300 bins spread across the country where consumers can drop their old phones and accessories, irrespective of the brand. The phones are then sent for recycling. Nokia plants a tree for every phone dropped. Nokia has already collected 3 tonnes of e-waste in the first 45 days of the initiative.
    • Nokia India has recently launched a new web page that looks at giving consumers a view of the initiatives being carried out in India
    • Nokia set up the Nokia SEZ Environmental Team (NSET) in December 2006
    • Nokias partnership with TERI for their project Lighting Up A Billion Lives- Nokia has sponsored 3 villages as a part of LABL campaign of TERI:

    Nokia have been working extensively with WWF, globally as well as in India. The most recent project that is currently underway is the conservation of the South Western Ghats. As part of this project WWF India and Nokia have identified a priority landscape within the SW Ghats for conservation and sustainable development efforts

    Nokias R&D has a number of innovative Green concepts in the pipeline. Some such concepts are:

    Remade is a handset created from 100% recycled material helps showcase how we can drive environmental sustainability by turning waste into something beautiful.

    Nokia Eco Sensor: built around the concept of Reduce, reuse and recycle, the Nokia Eco-Sensor is a concept created at the Nokia Research Center supported by Nokia designers. It helps you collect and share environmental data with others and view other users shared data, thereby increasing your global environmental awareness.

    Morph: a device concept that will potentially create a world of radically different devices that open up an entirely new spectrum of possibilities. Nanosensors would empower users to examine the environment around them in completely new ways, from analyzing air pollution, to gaining insight into bio-chemical traces and processes.

    Nick India launches ‘The Big Green Help’India Infoline News Service / Mumbai Jun 04, 2009 18:33 A unique and pioneering pro-socio environmental initiative designed to empower and encourage kids to save the planet and its resources.

    Nick the leader in the kids’ category has kept kids engaged all through summer! With the growing need for consciousness towards the environment amongst kids; Nick India announces ‘The Big Green Help’, on the occasion of World Environment Day tomorrow. A unique and pioneering pro-socio environmental initiative designed to empower and encourage kids to save the planet and its resources. Big Green Help has been a roaring success in UK, Germany, Korea, Latin America and South East Asia and now Nick is proud to bring this wonderful initiative to India by partnering with TERI (The Energy & Resource Institute).

    The Big Green Help will provide information and tools to kids to understand the various environmental issues like conserving energy, preserving nature and fighting pollution hazards, amongst many others. Nick will make this serious topic very relevant and kid friendly with the adorable Nicktoons bringing them the key message of saving the planet.

    ‘The Big Green Help’ in India will kick start on 5th June-World Environment Day, with an online initiative asking kids to send in their entries telling us their recommendations on how to make the world a greener place. Nick will reward the best entry by funding the proposal! All kids need to do is log onto to be part of the movement.

    Commenting on the announcement, Nina Elavia Jaipuria, GM & Senior VP, Nick India says, “Nick is a responsible broadcaster and with ‘The Big Green Help' we are addressing the need of the hour. We not only entertain kids but also strive to empower them to take on issues of social significance and become change agents in their own right. This is an exceptional initiative and we believe it’s our duty towards our future and the next generation.” She also adds, “It is a pleasure to work with like-minded partners who share our value systems and beliefs. We are sure that our association with TERI will help us route The Big Green Help in the most effective way to our audiences.”

    Dr. R.K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says about the effort, “In a country like India, with the growing strength of youthful dynamism, it is essential to equip children with knowledge on environmental issues and solutions that are urgently required. Nick’s initiative ‘The Big Green Help’ carries the promise and potential of imparting environmental knowledge put together by TERI to schoolchildren and harnessing their collective enthusiasm in taking society to a green and sustainable future.”

    Madhu Singh Sirohi, Project Head, Soldiers of the Earth says, "Teri Press has developed its children's book programme with a focused objective to making knowledge on the environment and its preservation available to children in an age appropriate format that is both acceptable and enjoyable and our association with Nick is an extension of that effort. We look forward to working together towards a common goal"

    Nick will connect with millions of kids through on-air green-themed messages, special programming and a series of online games. Additionally, Nick will be a part of TERI’s Soldiers of the Earth programme which is their pioneering environmental awareness campaign and will engage kids across the nation through periodicals and books specially designed to educate kids on the issues threatening their future.

    The channel will pull out all the stops to give the movement momentum which will include on-ground activation, digital, network support, interactive concepts like book-reading sessions, events and direct consumer contact.

    Nick has a history of addressing issues that are important to kids. The channel gives kids what they want and also what’s good for them; be it ‘Let’s Just Play’ where Nick went blank for 30 minutes on September 27, 2008, and motivated millions of kids to step out and go play outdoors, or be it ‘The Big Green Help’ where Nick will motivate kids to be the agents of change and work towards a greener planet.

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