Time-management tips that can save you money and help you live greener
The old adage "time is money" couldn't be more true when it comes to energy consumption.
Fuel, electricity and heating can all be used up unnecessarily by poor time-management, such as leaving electronic appliances on longer than required, spending more minutes in the shower under hot water, or not taking the quickest route when driving to your destination.
Why should we be trying extra hard to live greener?
In Australia, 16.9 metric tons of carbon emissions were released per person between 2010 and 2015, according to data from the World Bank.
In Australia, 16.9 metric tons of carbon emissions were released per person between 2010 and 2015.
This makes Aussies among the highest contributors of CO2 globally, along with nations such as Aruba (22.8 metric tons), Luxembourg (21.4 metric tons), Oman (20.4 metric tons) and the United States (17.6 metric tons).
In comparison, the United Kingdom only released 7.9 metric tons per capita and New Zealand a mere 7.3 metric tons.
Not only is this detrimental for the environment, it damages your pocket too. Getting into the habit of following good time-management technologies can significantly lower your power bill and also reduce your carbon footprint.
Here are some tips to help.
1) Find the fastest route to your destination before you get behind the wheel
Mapping apps like Waze and Scout by Telenav help provide real-time updates of any traffic jams, road closures or unexpected accidents on your route. The longer you spend in the car, the more fuel you burn. Cutting down travel time by avoiding getting lost or driving though congested streets can help use less petrol, better for your budget and the planet too.
2) Set a timer on your shower's hot water tank
It can be hard to be economical with hot water usage if you love standing in there for nearly an hour, so setting a timer forces you to be strict. Similarly, when you are washing the dishes, rather than letting the hot water tap run the whole time it's better to soak dirty dishes in hot water and later rinse them out with cold water.
3) Turn heating on in your bedroom 30 or 40 minutes before you go to bed, then switch off
Nobody likes to go to sleep in a freezing room, but the mistake many of us make is that we forget to turn the heating on earlier and only remember just before bedtime. After drifting off the sleep, often the oil heater or thermostat stays on all night long as nobody was awake to turn it off. This tip can avoid such issues.
Posted by Nikki Wilson-Everett