Becoming eco-citizens - "easy everyday gestures"
I economise water
Doing the dishes by hand should not be synonymous with waste: go to the least dirty dirtiest, save water (turn off the tap while washing) and just use the right amount of cleaning, that is the good method.
I control the flow faucets
A double action save hot water is saving both water and energy needed to heat.
The correct position preferably leave the mixing valves in position "cold" to avoid asking for hot water or warm then one needs most of the time, cold water.
I close the tap faucet flowing without reason should trigger an immediate closure reflex. The amount of water saved in this case is huge. With this in mind, when we brush our teeth, it is best to rinse with a toothbrush glass. Similarly, it is easy to fill a little sink to clean his razor.
Brushing teeth = 12 liters / minute if you let the water run, 1 shaving "over water" = 18 liters
I optimizes cooking
The electric hotplates continue to heat for 15 minutes after extinction: this heat, completely free, deserves to be used during long cooking. Hold 1.5 liters of boiling water in a pan request 4 times less energy with a lid.
Priority to fresh
Fresh foods require less energy than canned or frozen products. Local products have generally not used to transport, heated greenhouses, refrigeration or chemical preservatives.
Addition heavy the food system represents almost a third of French emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG). A fruit imported out of season, consumed for transportation 10 to 20 times more oil than the same fruit produced locally and purchased in season.
I warmed in the microwave
Use sparingly food can thaw in the refrigerator without using the microwave: it's slower but it does not consume any energy. The microwave is ideal for heating food and consumes less than a traditional oven.
I cook in the oven
Hunting the drafty open the door of an oven during operation wastes a lot of heat: to assess cooking your preparation, it is better to use lighting control.
I do not throw anything in the toilet
Tampons, diapers, medicine, batteries, paints, solvents, detergents… the toilet is not a trash can. All of these affect the proper operation of treatment plants. Improperly disposed of, they find themselves in a natural environment and degrade the environment.
I sort my waste
Although well to sort recycling waste separation is an indispensable voluntary action for the environment. Each of us must follow sorting instructions not to disturb recycling.
Blue bins for non-recyclable waste
Yellow bins for cardboard, paper and plastic bottles.
Glass bottles must be stored in lockers located next to the containers.
I turn the light off
Acquire a good reflex why let turn an empty room? Remember that 3 bulbs of 75W which remain on an evening consume as much as a washing at 60 ° C.
Electrical devices are often connected 24 hours on 24. The vigils are consuming 150 to 500 kWh per household per year, the consumption of a refrigerator over the same period!
I drink tap water
Changing ideas received tap water is perfectly drinkable, unless otherwise specified by the Departmental Directorate of Health and Social Action. In France, bottled water consumption has been multiplied by 2 in 20 years, which represents thousands of kilometers, tons of fuel consumption and C02 emitted before reaching our table. Not to mention the billion plastic bottles that result. Only 4 of 10 bottles are recycled: think of the sort!
improve the taste to remove the chlorine taste, it is necessary to add the water in a decanter, chlorine evaporating on contact with air. In France, only 1% of tap water for drinking while about 140 liters of bottled water are consumed per year per capita. The mineral water costs at least 50 times more expensive than tap water
I respect nature
Making small animals seeking tranquility for their vital activities. The watch is an exciting and without adverse consequences for the species, provided that one is discreet.
Do not pick plants because they are rare and protected. Every plant, every animal, even the most banal, have a role to play in nature.
A space preserve nature is fragile, the minimum is strictly follow the regulations in place. The marked trails, suitable for walking and biking, to be borrowed.
Places privileged nature reserves or national parks that welcome walkers under certain conditions, rely on their discipline.
Nature is a space to share with its people, with respect for each