Quick tips to reduce the impact of your mobile by p0mk8

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									Quick tips to reduce the
impact of your mobile phone


 Turn off your phone charger at the power point once your phone is charged. If
  only 10% of the world’s mobile phone users turn off their chargers once they’ve
  finished charging, it would save enough energy to power 60,000 European
  homes each year!

 Recycle your old phone – give it to a friend or family member to use, or drop it
  into a handset recycling box. Apart from wasting reusable resources (such as
  gold and other precious metals that would otherwise need to be mined), old
  phones that end up in landfill can leak toxic chemicals into the surrounding land
  and groundwater.

 Turn off screen savers and other unnecessary additions to your phone. Set your
  screen saver to go blank when not in use (can be easily reactivated by pressing
  any button). You also won’t need to recharge your phone as often.

 Choose a phone that has multiple uses (e.g. phone, PDA, MP3 player) so you
  are only using one device instead of multiple ones.

 Keep your phone for two years or longer (instead of the current average of
  12 months).

 Lower the backlight duration for the screen and/or keypad. Try the shortest
  setting first, then work up if it’s not long enough for your needs.

 Disable unnecessary sounds – you need to hear your phone ring, but do you need
  it to beep every time you press a button? Fewer sounds lengthens battery life,
  meaning you use less energy and don’t have to recharge as often.

 Turn off Bluetooth, infrared and other wireless technology when you’re not using
  it – they use energy even when not active, waiting to receive a signal. If your
  phone allows, set it up in your ‘favourites’ so you can easily turn your wireless
  device on when you need it and off when you’ve finished.

Calculate your household’s greenhouse gas emissions using the Green Home
Eco-calculator developed by the Australian Conservation Fund.
Go to www.acfonline.org.au and click on the Green Home link.



For more information contact
Bendigo Community Telco
on (03) 5454 5000.
Quick tips to minimise
your energy use and help
reduce your bills

 Turn off standby loads at the wall
   Appliances with remote controls or ‘soft’ switches (TVs, stereos, computers,
   microwaves and some washing machines) use energy when in ‘standby’ mode.
   Turn these off at the wall when not in use. Most modern computers can be set
   to enter ‘sleep’ mode when not used for a certain period (such as 15 minutes).
   Turning the computer monitor off (using its button) when away for even a short
   time can reduce energy use by half.

 Use compact fluorescent (energy saver) lights
   Fluorescent lights use much less energy and are cheaper to run than
   incandescent globes or halogen downlights. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
   can replace incandescent globes (except dimmers), especially those used for
   only a few hours a day. It’s okay to turn fluorescent lights off when you leave the
   room, even for only a few minutes (it’s a myth that this is a waste of energy).

 Use heaters and coolers effectively
   Only heat or cool the rooms that you’re currently using. Close doors between
   these rooms and the rest of the premises. In winter, set the heater thermostat
   to 20°C or lower. Lowering a heater thermostat by one degree can reduce
   energy use by 10%. In summer, set the thermostat to 26°C or higher. Raising the
   thermostat of cooling systems by one degree can also reduce energy use by
   10%. Use a timer on your heater or cooler to ensure it’s not left on when no one
   is around.

 Keep the sun out during summer
   When sunlight enters a room it delivers an enormous amount of heat. It’s like
   having a two-bar radiator hanging on the wall. An external blind, pergola or
   deciduous vine can be used to keep out the sun in summer. Well-designed
   eaves shade summer sun, while allowing winter sun in. Shade east and west
   facing windows externally in summer with blinds, verandahs or even trees.

 Protect your windows
   Heavy lined curtains and pelmets help keep heat in during winter and heat out
   on hot summer days. Pelmets (covers over the top of curtains) are important to
   stop draughts caused by airflow between curtains and windows.


(Tips sourced from www.greenyourbusiness.org.au)

								
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