One of the most important things we can focus on these days is how to save energy in a variety of ways, but mainly by not wasting it in the first place.
This section of the website deals with energy saving methods and strategies that can help the environment we live in and the ecological systems that provide us with a home and all the things we take for granted.
To be perfectly blunt, a lot of the simplest energy saving strategies that work boil down to employing a little good old fashioned common sense!
It's often the little things that all add up to a considerable energy saving over time. Like turning off lights when you leave a room unoccupied, turning off TVs and other electrical appliances when not in use etc.
A common mistake a lot of householders make is leaving a portable air conditioner running in a room they leave and don't come back to for a while. All that energy is being used up to keep a room cool for nobody's benefit!
Another common mistake is setting the heating or cooling thermostat at an unrealistically high or low temperature depending on the weather.
It is hugely wasteful to heat a room more than is necessary to be comfortable no matter how cold it mat be outside. It's how warm it is inside that counts!
Same goes for the air conditioning thermostat in summer. Making it too cold causes discomfort and the need to put on warm clothing when it would be a lot more energy efficient to turn the thermostat up a few degrees and sit around feeling comfortable in shorts and a tee shirt!
March 22, is World Water Day. This United Nations program is held annually "as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources."
Those of us who read blogs on computers probably don't worry too much about our freshwater resources, the water we use for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, and sanitation. We probably take it for granted, and sometimes complain that it tastes bad, or smells of chlorine.
Not Everyone Has Access to Clean Water
Something like one billion people on earth are at the other end of the spectrum, with no access to clean water. Poverty is a factor for most of those people, as nearly 66% of people without safe drinking water live on less than $2 a day. (source: water.org)
Yet surprisingly, more people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. I can see how a mobile phone can be important for business, but clean water is important for life. For example, "more than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world."
100 HVAC Smart Chips = 1 New Well Through Drop4drop
That brings me to drop4drop. This UK-based, globally active organization exists to give "individuals and businesses the opportunity to offset their water consumption, delivering efficient and accountable clean water projects across the developing world." (source: water.org)
That's what we're doing at Airconergy, why we've partnered with drop4drop. This Friday, in conjunction with World Water Day, we are starting our Save Energy and Save Lives campaign. For every 100 HVAC Smart Chip sales, we'll fund one well through drop4drop and their Clean Water For All program. Just one well can serve up to 2000 people. That could be an entire village!
You can see some examples in this video.
Learn more at drop4drop.
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