glass window refs

a lot of stores, restaurants, canteens, groceries, etc. have a glass window refrigerator that were mostly provided for free by refreshment suppliers.


most, if not all of tis refs have oversized compressors dat sucks a lot of energy! they r made 2make sure dat d products on display r very cold. some even have blowers dat continuously circulate d cold air inside. tis refs don’t care bout efficiency….a ref w/ regular door (no glass window) s more efficient since it keeps the inside cool & well insulated. moisture build-up outside d glass window s a good indicator! one can feel d coldness of d glass window wen touched (compared 2 a regular door insulated ref).

if you’re selling d products at a higher price, e.g. in restaurants, hotels, etc. d amount of electric consumption can b compensated by d high profit margin. but if you only have a sari2 store or a bakery & sells d products at d suggested retail price….man…think again…u might b just paying off ur electric bills w/ ur profits!

inefficient appliances like tis have a high carbon footprint…thus r not good 4d environment. of course cold drinks r cool…but der r oder ways 2cool a drink aside fr using free but inefficient refs! n d long run…they’re not free at all…..

f u can’t help but use tis free glass windowed refs….at least save some money by not using dem 24/7. unplug dem at night & transfer perishable goods in a regular ref dat u use 24/7. could be inconvenient but worth d savings! if d lights inside r busted, don’t replace dem! or u can bust tis lights out. dey generate heat dat d compressors need 2 cool down. suppliers add d lights so deir products can b seen even in daylight!

one restaurant unplugged deir glass window ref indefinitely & was amazed to see how much deir electric bill went down! dey just use tis as a display 4deir available products 4sale. wen someone buys a product, dey get a cold one fr a regular ref.

glass window ref s a cool way 2display products. in case u don’t need 2 display d products…don’t use dem…dey’re ain’t efficient in cooling things down….f u really nid 2 use it…don’t use it 24/7!

10 ways 2stop wasting water

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one liter hand wash

hand washing with soap

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how can u wash ur hand using exactly a liter of water? well, check tis out!

1ℓimit faucet looks more like an elegant test tube inverted on top of a tap. The glass tube holds exactly one liter of water, sufficient for a quick handwash. The theory being that we waste almost six liters of water and use only one, while washing hands. Once the stored one-liter is used up, you have to turn-off the tap till the next one liter fills up the tube. A cumbersome rationing process that will hopefully drive home the point of conservation!

solar water heater using empty plastic bottles

Power station

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re-using empty soda bottles s a cool green idea! using electricity to produce hot water s d most inefficient way of heating water….it contributes to high peak demand when everybody take a shower in the morning or early evening! thus, more energy is needed to be produced by power plants w/c usually r fueled by coal, diesel or bunker oil! using d sun 2heat water s d best thing dat we can do help stop d pollution!

light colored roofing

Urban heat island profile

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white colored roof s 20 degrees celsius cooler than dark colored roof. see experiment below using an infrared camera.

spot 1 (white color) = 42.9 deg c

spot 3 (black color) = 64.8 deg c

painting ur roof w/ a high albedo (light colored & reflective) coating can help lower the air-conditioning expenses since dark colored roof absorbs the sun’s heat. in tropical countries like the phils., dark colored roofs should be avoided since we don’t want to heat our house coz we don’t have winter snow anyway.

dark colored roofs also contribute to ‘urban heat island effect’…..

so paint ur roof white for a cooler world…..

waste cooking oil (wco)

A selection of cooking oils

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wat do u do w/ ur leftover cooking oils? throwing dem down d  drain s not a good idea since it will clog ur piping system sooner or later. throwing them in d trash?…. it can end up being used again by pple  selling cheap fried foods/snacks….re-using waste cooking oil have a serious health effect. it is now banned to re-use wco in thailand. they found out that poor pple are dying of colon cancer! tis poor pple are always buying cheap foods fried w/ wco. in d phils. when poor pple die, nobody care if they die of cancer or what. some pple believe dat evil spirits cause d death if it’s unexplained….d royal thai navy processes wco into bio-diesel. tis is one of d best way 2dispose wco (itz important 2note dat: rudolf diesel used peanut oil wen he invented d diesel engine, diesel fuel is not yet available then)

public utility vehicles in chiang mai benefits from the less pollution emitted by engines running on bio-diesel.

d by-product glycerin are being turned into soaps & other useful products…

at a smaller scale, one can recycle used cooking oil as raw material for soap making.

wco can also be screened/filtered on a cloth then place in a glass half-filled w/ sand & stones 2b used as a table lamp. those sitting in the table will feel romantic n hungry…imagine d candle emitting a fried chicken smell….good 4restaurants….

soap saver

A collection of decorative soaps, commonly fou...

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wat do u do w/ leftover bath soaps? if u throw dem away den datz not cool. did u know dat bath soaps r best to clean stains on laundry? in fact dey’r good in cleaning anything around ur hse, so nxt tme u got some leftover soaps….put dem in a soap saver so u can reuse dem again.

u can use old socks or watever material u can recycle. but 4me, i use a hand knitted soap saver….left over soaps r small in size so dey’r hard 2b of use especially f dey became tinier…  d idea s 2aggregate tiny leftover soaps so dey can b useful again.

go ahead save some money & protect d environment at d smae time….while ur at it here r som more tips: biodegradable soaps r d best! dey don’t contain phospates dat r bad 4d water environment (though pple in d soap industry don’t think dat chemicals like phosphates r bad 4d environment).  buy soaps fr community cooperatives, ngo’s & d like,  most likely dey produce enviro friendly soaps & ur helping d community make money as well. buying locally is more sustainable & datz a fact! use ur money 2save d planet….unless u wanted  very luxurious imported fr faraway land soap dat contain lots of palm oils dat hav  significant environmental impact!

if ur not rich & ur throwing ur leftover soaps away….tsk…tsk…tsk…think again! if ur rich &  don’t care bout d money….think bout d environment instead! f u think dat u’ve got a valid & logical reason not 2reuse leftover soaps…..go ahead….throw dem away….itz ur choice!

ref w/ d higest eef n d phils!

Current Contents of Refrigerator

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just recently bought d most efficient refrigerator n d phils! produced by panasonic phils. itz an 8.5 cu-ft 2door semi-automatic ref  dat consumes only 0.86kw-h per 24hrs. d eef is 335, d highest in d country as of today!

new inverter type A/C

A typical home air conditioning unit.

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bellow r new efficient air conditioner available in d phils.

intelligent inverter w/ auto adjusts

dc rotary inverter


in search 4an efficient refrigerator

92 watts rated power input 7 cubic feet ref available in d phils. tis is an efficient one! need 2change my ref soon….am looking 4one w/ a built-in running capacitor, tis will reduce consumption during compressor start-ups…..hope 2find one in d near future.

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