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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 31 Oct 2013
The term “eco-friendly” has become a buzz word for marketing products. However, “going green” needs to be more than just a term. Being eco-friendly is about using cost-effective resources instead of the modern eco-guzzlers that may trouble your home and the bigger world. As an incentive, you would save some really important money as costs of living rise exponentially. If you are planning get your home on the eco-friendly path, there cannot be a better time than this Diwali. Read on to know some useful pointers.
Save Energy on Appliances
To save energy on the electrical appliances you use, go for appliance that are five-star rated, BEE-labelled. For instance, go for flat screen monitors versus the old-school CRTs. It also helps to take care of switching appliances off when they are not in use. A great tip for lowering the energy consumption of appliance like dishwashers, washing machines, or dryers is to delay their use until evening, when temperatures drop.
F for Furniture, F for Friendly!
Furniture is another great area for being eco-friendly and cost-effective. Consider buying bamboo furniture instead of other types of wood, renowned for furniture, since trees from which these are obtained take decades to grow fully. This way you protect the environment by not participating in deforestation. Worry not, for bamboo furniture can be easily cleaned and is very resistant against fire, water, and insects. Another useful way to get eco-friendly on furniture is to buy used furniture.
Save on Lighting
Use CFLs for the rooms since they consume merely a fourth of what incandescent lighting options do. They last way longer too. For the shared spaces, such as, lobbies, corridors, staircases, installing LED lights is a cost saving, energy-efficient idea. Always remember to switch off lights when not in use. The cost of solar lights may be high, and you will need sensors that control when the lights are turning off and on. However, the higher cost pays back in terms of lower electricity bills.
Bathe in Profits in the Bathroom
Turning the tap off when not in use goes a long way in having an eco-friendly home and saving on costs. Encourage children to do the same when brushing or bathing. Have a bucket bath, rather than taking a shower or soaking in the bathtub.
Make the Best of Waste
It is a good practice to have a compost pit in homes that have open area. Recycle your organic waste such as food crumbs, peels of fruits and vegetables, and everything biodegradable, by composting them and let the resulting substance be used as manure. Have separate garbage bags for plastic, biodegradable stuff and other items. This will foster recycling of materials like plastics, tin cans, etc.
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