Install Programmable Thermostats: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Install Programmable Thermostats

And give thy kinsman his due and the poor and the son of the road;
and waste not wastefully, for the wasteful were ever the devil’s brothers;
and the devil is ever ungrateful to his Lord.

……………………………….—.Qur’an 17:26 (trans. E. H. Palmer)

a programmable thermostatProgrammable thermostats automatically reduce heating and cooling in your home when you do not need as much of one or the other. For example, in the summer you can adjust the temperature according to your work or vacation schedule. Hence when you are out, your house will get no or only minimal air conditioning. You can also set different temperatures for day and night. This is convenient and provides a comfortable temperature in your home. It also makes much sense to have different zones in your home. For example, you do not need to heat the bedrooms much in the winter or when some of them are not in use. Of course, it is possible to set the thermostat manually, but it is also easy to forget. You leave the house full of thoughts about where you are going, which leaves the heat or the AC running. Programmable thermostats help save energy, benefitting your wallet. But, much more important, the saving reduces energy consumption, which is essential for the environment on which we and all life depend.

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UPCOMING TIPS
Save Energy by Using Your AC Properly
Eat Food That Is in Season

TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef

Home
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House

Yard
The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Weed Killers in Your Garden and Yard

Transportation
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture

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