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Chasing After Rainbows: rising crude oil prices and climate change

06 June 2008

rising crude oil prices and climate change

Was bored when this was taken.
With rising prices of crude oil, which currently stands at more than US$120 per barel. Prices of things such as petrol, diesel, electricity, and plastic-based products are indirectly increased.

With this, many countries in Asia has the cost of the fuel deducted. But with prices increasing in recent months, they could not keep with the subsidy that they decided to reduce/abolish the subsidy and (hopefuly) spend money that was saved on improving public transport. My country is one of the few that didn't subsidise fuel prices.

Just because it's not a day where you should be cutting down doesn't mean that you don't. Here are some tips on saving the environment and your bill:

  • Turn off the lights and fans if there is no one in the room.
  • Do not leave the computer on the whole night.
  • Try to walk, cycle or take the public transport as much as you can.
  • When shopping, try to avoid using plastic/paper bags given at cashier and instead use your own.
  • Even if an eletrical appliance is turned off, unplug it from the socket to save more, especially during long periods of non-usage. (Where do you think the indicator that says that it's off gets its power from?)
  • If you're still using a CRT display (the bulky one) for your computer and/or TV, switch to an LCD one.
  • If it's bright and windy enough outside, why not turn off the light and fans (or air conditioner), open up the windows and curtains, and let the naturalness in?
  • Grow plants. Plants can provide shade from the hot sun and reduce the tempreature of the area. You can also use it to dump your waste food and water.
  • Try alternative sources of energy (except biogas) like hydrogen and solar panels.
  • When showering, avoid setting the water tempreature to any higher than your body tempreature. You can also try to take a shower with the heater turned off in summer around noon.
  • If your alarm clock runs on eletricity, switch to one that runs on battries or better still, runs mechnically.
  • Fix any leaks that you come across, even if you aren't paying for it.
  • If you are using a laptop, let the battery run until it reaches 20% before recharging it.
  • Get a fuel-efficient car. Not only do you not need to refuel often, you would also save more.
  • If you can, install a wind-generator or solar panels around the outside of your house (or at least, appliances that has the latter) so that you don't have to rely on the power line that uses limited resources or harms the environment.

There are many more ways to save, but the above is something everyone can do.

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