When we talk of nature or environment, we often look at ourselves as being separate from it. We are nature. We are the environment. Going green is not just helping the world around us, but ourselves. The best way to start going green is by making your home eco-friendly. Here are eight easy tips that will get you started.
- For light, use LEDs
Replace the lights in your home with energy-efficient LEDs. The environment and your pocket both will thank you.
- For waste, use a compost bin
Compost bins allow creating manure from food wastes, preventing the release of greenhouse gases due to decomposition of this waste in landfills.
- For water, use low-pressure taps, showers and updated toilet models
About 30% of our everyday water use goes into toilets. Updated models allow for efficiency. Use low-pressure taps to prevent water wastage. Fix all the leaks, one drip each second can total up to five gallons of water wastage each day.
- For cleaning, use natural instead of chemical products
Using harmful chemicals for day to day cleaning can lead to water and air pollution. Use products like apple cider vinegar, soda bicarbonate, citric acid etc. for cleaning instead.
- For food, choose the veggies and grow
Skipping meat even for a day in a week can make a drastic impact. Global greenhouse emissions can be reduced by 63% by becoming a full-fledged vegetarian. You can also grow the everyday herbs at home if not the veggies if there isn’t a lot of space at home.
- For electricity, unplug and go solar
Keeping your devices plugged in can cause power losses. Unplug unused devices. You can use a power strip if the exercise of unplugging every device is tiresome. Using of solar panels to generate energy for your homes is also a smart alternative.
- For temperature, insulate and ventilate.
Keeping the windows open will help the hot air that has risen towards the ceiling to escape. Also, planting a ‘khus’ plant in water and keeping it near the window will help in keeping the air cool. If you live in cold areas, insulation will help in decreasing the heater requirement.
- For storage, bottles and bags, skip the plastic
The statistics of the recycling of plastic bottles are very low. When they end up in the trash, they take about a thousand years to decompose. Use steel or aluminium storage bins and bottles, and always keep that cloth bag handy when you head out to buy groceries.