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What can you do to help combat climate change?

Some useful tips are provided below to help us practise low-carbon living and reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Choose energy efficient washing machine.
  • Run washing machines or dishwashers with a full load.
  • Choose a washing machine that meets your household's needs.
  • Hang-dry washed clothes in an outdoor area, whenever possible.
  • Line dry clothes, dry with cold air, or remove clothes promptly from the dryer to keep wrinkles to a minimum.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. 

  • Prepare a shopping list before buying so as to avoid purchasing more than needed.
  • Buy family-sized product with less packaging if possible.
  • Allow hot/warm food to cool down to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator.
  • Avoid setting the refrigerator temperature unnecessarily low.
  • Leave enough space between refrigerators and the walls or cabinets so air can circulate around the condenser coils. Trapped heat increases energy consumption.
  • Bring your own container for drinks and food.
  • Cut down on take-away food which usually uses non-recyclable materials.
  • Use durable tableware instead of disposable ones such as foam container, plastic cutlery, paper cup and wooden chopsticks.
  • Buy drinks contained in plastic or glass bottles which can be recycled.
  • Avoid buying tetra pack drinks which do not have recyclable outlets locally cannot be recycled.
  • Buy fresh local food which consumes less energy and hence less pollution.
  • Bring the items purchased earlier to the front (first-in-first-out (FIFO) system).
  • Consume food close to expiry date first.
  • Store food in accordance with the instructions on the packaging.
  • Reuse food trimmings / surplus portions for second dish recipe.
  • Separate food waste to facilitate recycling.
  • Eat what you can consume comfortably by ordering the right portion and number of dishes.
  • Donate surplus festive food or gift packs to the needy.

  • Purchase energy-efficient electrical appliances (with energy labels). 
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs (such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)). 
  • Set your air-conditioners at 24-26°C. 
  • Turn off electrical appliances when they are not in use. 
  • Avoid leaving electrical appliances on standby mode. 
  • Install a low-flow shower-head and take a quick shower. 
  • Turn off the lights in any room which are not using.
  • Use fans instead of room coolers as far as possible.
  • Clean the filters of room coolers regularly.
  • Keep the windows and doors closed when the room cooler is turned on and use curtains or blinds to shade against sunlight.
  • Avoid putting the refrigerator near a heat source - an oven, the dishwasher or direct sunlight from a window.
  • Bring your own bags to reduce consumption of plastic shopping bags.
  • Adopt simple packaging and minimise gift wrapping to avoid wastage of resources.
  • Choose more durable products. Think twice before shopping to avoid purchasing unnecessary items and cause wastage.
  • Donate unwanted gifts to the needy through charitable organisations.
  • Separate all recyclable materials, such as metals, plastics, waste paper and other recyclables from waste stream and put them in recycling bins to facilitate recycling.

  • Use public transportation. 
  • Drive less. 
  • Plan and schedule the route wisely.
  • Switch off idling engines.
  • Drive at proper speed.
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained. 
  • Maintain proper tire pressure. 
  • Buy fuel-efficient vehicle (such as electric or hybrids vehicles).
  • Share your car with others.
  • Use stairways instead of lift.

Contact Us

For general queries about climate change, please contact us at:

Telephone: (852) 2838-3111    Fax: (852) 2838-2155    Email: climatechange@eeb.gov.hk


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