Green Living at Home

REDUCE

  • Switch off / plug off all electrical appliances and lights, when not in use.
  • Whenever and wherever possible, use natural lights instead of electrical lights.
  • Replace regular incandescent bulbs & tube lights with C.F.L.s (compact fluorescent lights) to reduce power consumption.
  • Use energy-efficient electrical appliances. Look for energy stars or other certifications for assessing their energy consumption while purchasing. Use low-wattage equipments, if possible. These will help you save money too, as they reduce your electricity bill.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to minimize load on air conditioners.
  • Use power saver techniques as much as possible.
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
  • Clean or replace air filters once a month or as needed to reduce load.
  • Shift over to laptops from desktops, it may save up to 75% of energy consumption.
  • Enable power management features and minimize the use of screen saver on PCs.
  • Talk judiciously on cell phone, avoid long calls.
  • Don’t keep cell phones in your front pocket to reduce health hazards.
  • Reduce use of ear phones to protect audible capacity.
  • Use home telecommunication for reducing long distance traveling.
  • Reduce use of hot water for washing clothes.
  • Turn off water tabs, showers etc. when not in use.
  • Operate shower taps/ flow rationally to avoid unnecessary water drainage. Wash economically and reduce water consumption.
  • Get leakages of taps/showers etc. attended to save every drop of water.
  • Install low-flow toilet dam or displacement device to cut down on the amount of water needed for each flushing – reduce water usage by 20% or more.
  • Hang and dry your clothes, instead of using dryer.
  • Reduce water consumption by using drip and sprinkle irrigation methods for gardening.
  • Don’t over water your gardens / lawns. Many plants need watering once every 5-7 days only.
  • Water your garden lawns in the morning to avoid losses from evaporation.
  • Don’t run the water when you brush or shave. It can save significant gallons of water.
  • Avoid hosing down your driveway or sidewalk; use a broom instead and save hundreds of gallons of drinkable water.
  • Wash vegetable and grains in a pot or utensil filled with water, instead of in running water.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw meat or frozen foods. Defrost them overnight in the refrigerator, or use defrost setting in the microwave.
  • Run only full load of washing machines & dishwashers i.e. utilize full capacity in each lot to save water and energy both.
  • Avoid using harsh chemical detergents. Check with your local stores for non-toxic, Eco-friendly alternatives.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket –save CO2 emission.
  • Save L.P.G. by making prerequisite preparations while cooking.
  • Use leakage prevention measures while using L.P.G. Refer LPG manual or contact your local gas service provider.
  • Cover the utensils while cooking, to save L.P.G./fuel/electricity.
  • Use solar cookers for cooking food, whenever possible.
  • Reduce the amount of waste you generate, wherever possible. Don’t overbuy.

 

REUSE

  • Plant more & more trees in-house as well as neighborhood.
  • Store food in ceramic/reusable containers instead of disposable bags/containers.
  • Reuse kitchen waste water for gardening. Encourage children to reuse their leftover drinking water for watering plants.
  • Motivate your child to reuse old books for studying and donate your old book stacks to schools, library or to poor students.
  • Humbly donate your old and used clothes in intact condition to people of poorer sections in a dignified manner.
  • Enlist your unused but properly labeled medicines and donate them for poor in nearest hospital OPD.
  • Donate your unused prescription glasses to the needy, Contact your local optician / doctor for the same.
  • Reuse canvas bags for domestic carry.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Use washable baby nappies instead of disposable, whenever possible.

RECYCLE

  • Recycle everything you can’t reduce or reuse. Check with your local council or environmental authority to find out what and where you can recycle?
  • Recycle torn/old clothes for making smaller garments, bags or for wiping/cleaning purposes.
  • Recycle your glass wares, aluminum articles when out of use or broken at home.
  • Recycle your plastics (only certain kinds of HDP are recyclable).
  • Recycle your news paper and other paper wastes, in order to save trees and forests.
  • While purchasing a product ask for the recycled ones, e.g., recycled bags, recycled wall pieces, other utility and decorative products.
  • Regularly visit sites on net to check updation regarding recyclable articles available at home.

Get designed a green home:

  • Green home refers a home with 75% less energy consumption than in an average home.
  • Get your home audited, ask an electrical expert for energy audit.
  • Instead of oil based paints, use latex paints for painting your house, latex paints releases significantly fewer fumes while drying.
  • Get designed water harvesting systems to save precious water.
  • Install green roofing on roof tops at home and help reducing global warming.
  • Worship the Sun: Sun is a profound source of energy; it produces more energy in one second than all the fossil fuels we burn in course of a year. Sun rays sanitize your home, linens and a good source of vitamin-D for improving health.
  • Use solar energy appliances e.g., solar cooker for kitchen, solar lighting system for home and garden, solar water heating system during winters. Now-a-days, lots of budget solar items are available to make solar energy affordable for the most.
  • Plant more & more trees in-house as well as neighborhood.
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