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Simple message, clear instruction:
Just turn of your lights for one hour at 8.30pm on this Saturday 28th March 2009. That’s all.
My previous and current contributions
All this while, I practice switching off all lights at home and office. I still switch off the lights in my office even though I’m not paying for the bill. It’s purely the awareness. I can do that because I have my own office room. Don’t do this if your colleagues are working in the office. They’ll probably beat you up to death .
I also increase the aircond temperature whenever I leave my room temporarily. It’s more energy efficient that way compared to letting the aircond on at lower temperature or switching off the aircond completely. I only switch it off when I’m leaving for home.
I recycle all types of papers by collecting them in a box which I do in office. At home, I’ll pass papers and boxes to my maid. She’ll collect it and sell it to the recycle agent for exchange of a few ringgit.
At home, I use energy saver bulb. Instead of running at 38-40 kilowatts, I employ 5 kilowatts Phillips energy saver bulbs.
To drink hot water, instead of using electrical cattle, I use normal orthodox stove cattle. We use butane instead of electricity because I found it cheaper. A typical 14 kg cooking butane gas tank cost us RM25 at our place and it can last for about 2 months. I’m not sure about the price at your area. Tenaga Nasional (TNB) charge only RM 0.218 for the first 200 units for a house. But the problem appears if you exceed 201 units. The charge will become more expansive i.e. RM 0.345 and for higher units consumed, it will charge more.
If you are consuming more than 201 units, you need to think of a strategy to lower down your electricity usage. You should focus on equipments such as electrical cattle, iron, air condition, standby for TV, Astro, radio etc. You need to know how to optimize their usage and don’t allow them make a hole in your pocket.
Those are just a few of my efforts in helping the earth all this while. I do plan to do more and beyond that. I’m thinking to explore and innovate solar to be more practical and affordable to be used at home.
What about you? Any effort so far? Any initiatives?