Climate protection begins in the household

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If you want to contribute to climate protection, you have to be careful about saving energy. Action is also required in other areas. Did you know that excessive meat consumption negatively affects the climate?

The release of carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main cause of climate change and arises wherever we burn carbon-based energy sources. Most of these are the so-called fossil resources coal, oil and gas, which we burn to produce electricity, heat, or kinetic energy, thereby further accelerating global warming. Private households have a significant influence on whether the CO2 emissions resulting from energy generation, the production of goods and services, and transport decrease to the required extent.

Anyone who wants to contribute to climate protection must pay particular attention to saving energy and supporting the use of renewable energies. But action is also required in other areas – or would you have known that excessive meat consumption negatively affects the climate? Whether in traffic or when shopping, everyone can do something. Start with two or three of our tips – you will see that you not only protect the environment but also your wallet.

Shopping

Buy local products
Buy local products – this saves unnecessary transport routes.

Consume fewer animal products
Rainforest is cut down every day to make room for new soy plantations and cattle pastures. The soy mainly serves as food for the animals. A vicious cycle, because deforestation releases carbon dioxide and the cattle emit a not inconsiderable amount of methane. Therefore, try to limit your meat and milk product consumption somewhat. It is healthy to eat 600 grams of meat per week.

Buy organic products
Compared to conventional agriculture, organic agriculture only uses a third as much fossil energy.

Buy recycled paper
Less energy and water are required to produce recycled paper.

Prefer refill packs
Prefer refill packs when shopping to avoid waste.

Buy drinks in larger bottles
When shopping, choose 1.5-liter bottles over the smaller bottles. In comparison, less material and therefore less energy is required to manufacture them.

Use reusable bag
Do not buy plastic bags, rather use cloth bags or shopping baskets.

Cool

Place the refrigerator in the right place
The refrigerator is one of the biggest power guzzlers in the household. Here too, electricity and costs can be saved if the device is installed in a cool place.

Do not open the refrigerator for an unnecessarily long time
The device uses less electricity if the doors are not opened longer than necessary. The refrigerator consumes the most energy after shopping when the appliance has to cool down the freshly placed food.

Let the food cool down before you put it in the fridge
Let hot dishes cool down to room temperature before you put them in the fridge. The device uses less energy to cool the food down.

Defrost the refrigerator if it freezes
If an ice layer has formed in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator, you should defrost it, because this increases the power consumption.

Switch off the refrigerator if you are away for a long time
If you are not at home for several weeks, you should switch off the refrigerator completely. Don’t forget to leave the door open to avoid mold.

Pack food well in the refrigerator
It is best to put the food in the refrigerator in cans and also pack the food well in the freezer.

Avoid the freezer
If possible, you should avoid the freezer, because they are real power guzzlers. Usually, a small freezer compartment in the fridge already does it.

Cook

Use the microwave less often
The microwave has a high power consumption. You should therefore use the device less often.

Thaw frozen food in time
Let frozen food thaw in time so that you don’t have to use the microwave.

Cooking with a lid
Close the saucepan while cooking. An open pot increases energy consumption.

Correct size saucepan
Only place the right size of saucepan on the hob. If the pot protrudes beyond the plate, this increases the cooking time. On the other hand, if its diameter is too small, energy is lost unused.

Use the pressure cooker
Use the pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time.

Cooking in an energy-saving way
Boil with as little water as possible and switch off the hotplate in good time in order to use the residual heat.

Use a kettle instead of a stove
If you heat water for tea or similar drinks, use the kettle instead of the hob.

Boil no more water than needed
Only fill the kettle as much as you really need. More water means more electricity consumption, and the kettle also takes longer.

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