September 29, 2008

Bluetooth headset...necessary or not? Saving on water and electricity...


Lately, I am trying to save on energy which is why I look at the need for a bluetooth.
I was reading on the wave emitted by the Bluetooth radiation and no doubt, the Bluetooth signal at 1 milliwatt is extremely low, compared to some cell phones, which may emit up to 3 watts.
However, I believe that normal headset is sufficient for such usage. I mean most of the time we would be holding our mobile while on communication. Even when we were on the road, using a normal headset is sufficient and it saves on the energy used to charge battery.

For me, I decided not to use my Bluetooth headset anymore.



Just the other day, I was talking about fighting against global warming but most of us couldn't even be bothered about the most important element in our lives, water. Probably because it was cheap, none of us really consider the need to save on water usage. Some of us even left the water tap running while brushing out teeth, and there is not a concern to fix the leaking water at home. Especially now that I am staying inside the university campus, I've seen so much irresponsibility act such as leaving the water tap running and most students won't bother to save on electricity, just because they believe they pay their part.

Did you know that...
  • On average, a person uses about 200 litres of water per day, of which 5-10 litres is for basic survival, ie drinking and food preparation.
  • The other 190 litres is discretionary and is used for washing (showers, dishes, clothes, toilets) and the garden.
  • Approximately half the water supplied to urban areas in Australia ends up as waste water, according to a report by the Institute for Sustainable Futures prepared for the Water Services Association in 1998.
And we are only talking about Australia here.



Some of the ways to save on water:

  1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
  2. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
  3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.
  4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  6. Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  7. Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.
  8. Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  9. Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
  10. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.
  11. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
  12. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
  13. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
  14. Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.
  15. Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.
  16. . Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  17. Never install a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. Air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not waste water.
  18. Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.
  19. Check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.
  20. When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.
  21. If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
And we are only doing the very small part of it. Think about the difference you can make...make the difference today!

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