As they say, everything good or bad always begins at home. This stands true for energy conservation as well. Its is imperative to do so, possibly from a very young age. But it is never to late to learn, or for that matter unlearn, so as to save the environment in this critical time. So let’s dive into action right away –
Almost 75% of the electricity you use drains away when you station your gadget on a standby mode, which can add up to go as high as $200 per year! Standby modes are convenient as they are toxic. They increase your carbon footprint. So turn off you ACs, laptops, TVs, geysers, lights, inverters, chargers and other devices when not in use. Moreover, even when you are going to the washroom, to some other room for a short while – switch off your fans, ACs and lights. Remember every minute counts and these saved minutes turn into plenty of hours of saved electricity every year.
The kind of waste your household produces reveals a lot about your environmental consciousness. The more non-biodegradable like plastics, batteries, cellulose films and foils you discard the less eco-friendly is your lifestyle. And you need to take immediate action if this is the case. If you produce more of compostable or recyclable waste like plant or animal waste, paper, cloth, rubber etc. than you are moving on the right track. Never pick up plastic, go for steel or glass utensils, boxes and storage cases. Carry a cloth bag with you. Always pay a little more and take a paper bag for your good.
Every electronic gadget has a fixed lifespan. Replace gadget that are consuming a large amount of energy and giving a bare minimum output. While buying new gadget, check for the energy savings ratings given. As for your lights go for the latest LED lights that are not only affordable, but also consume very little electricity for a comparatively effective output. Avoid overusing gadgets like dishwashers and dryers as you can manually do your dishes or hang clothes out to dry.
Showers are therapeutic, agreed. But at what cost? Do you want to carry the guilt of being the cause of imminent water scarcity in most of the urban areas in India? If your answer to that is yes then you really do need to see a therapist. Use buckets in summer or winter when the water is a precious resource to be shared and conserves. Avoid bathing in tubs and switch to alternating between showers and bucket baths.
Yes, almost every important electronic appliance that you use at home has a filter. Nost prominent being your AC, Refrigeration, Coolers Exhauts and Ventilators. These must be cleaned from time to time or else you gadget starts consuming more electricity to generate the same amount of output. This trick also works magically on other filter-less gadgets because cleaning all your appliances from time to time keep them running efficiently.
Don’t leave the faucet running while you’re cleaning your teeth, shaving or washing (your face or the washing up). A running tap wastes quite six litres of water a moment. Use a bowl to scrub up instead of letting the faucet run – you’ll cut about £30 a year off your energy bills. Use faucet sprinklers that break the flow of straight water streams into a good sprinkling trinkle to save lots of water while washing veggies, meat or food. Unless something’s really dirty, select short, low-temperature cycles when you’re using your dishwasher or washer. Most of the time they’ll do the work even as well as an extended, hot cycle.
So these were our tips to maintain home-sweet-home that is eco-friendly as well. But if you really want to cross the ordinary to make an exceptional effort than explore our solar-energy options.