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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 08 Apr 2014
According to National Geographic, the average global temperature could surge as much as 5.8 degrees by 2100. Scientists say that an increase of that magnitude could trigger a meltdown of the Greenland Ice Shelf, causing massive flooding worldwide. This global warming is occurring due to the ruthless exploitation of natural resources, cutting down of trees, emissions of greenhouse gases and wastage of energy, water and other resources. To save life from extinction, it is necessary for us to become eco friendly.
Ten Tips to Make your Home Eco-Friendly
Here are some simple measures that can help you make your home eco-friendly:
- Ventilation: Ensure that there is good cross ventilation in your home. This would keep your home cooler during summer and minimize the use of the air conditioner.
- Flooring: Avoid fully carpeting your home or even a particular room. Carpets require the use of vacuum cleaners and washable ones cause immense wastage of water.
- Drying Clothes: Put up a clothes line outside a less visible window. This would avoid the use of the dryer and save energy.
- Energy Saving Appliances: Many appliances, like washing machine, refrigerator and AC, have an ‘energy saving’ model. Investing in these would not only make your home more eco-friendly, but would reduce your electricity bills too.
- Healthier Paint: Traditional paints contain solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which could lead to smog, ozone pollution and indoor air quality problems. Opt for zero- or low-VOC paint, easily available these days.
- Low-Flow Showerheads: Instead of having a showerhead that sprays water over a larger surface area, install low-flow showerheads to conserve water.
- Fridge: Your fridge is the biggest energy-consuming appliance in your home. This is because it runs 24/7. Keep the refrigerator away from vents, the stove, the dishwasher or other appliances. Most appliances give off heat and the fridge needs to work harder (use more energy) to maintain the temperature you have set. In fact, try to keep your fridge and freezer on the warmest setting that will still keep your food fresh and ice frozen.
- Recycled Stuff: From furniture to glass jars and small pots, you can get stuff that is recycled or even recycle it on your own at your home. For instance, you can reuse envelopes by sticking a label over the address.
- Green Garden: Take up gardening as a hobby. You can decorate your home with plants or grow shrubs and trees if you have a large garden. Plant native trees and shrubs, as these have adapted to the local environment and do not require fertilizers to grow. They also use less water and require less of your attention.
- Composting Pail: Put the peels of vegetables and fruits into a composting pail. Add some water and then wait for it to be broken down into humus. You can use this in your garden, as it is rich in nutrients.
Being eco-friendly is not tough. It does need some change in lifestyle, but mostly a change in attitude. It’s time we care for the planet that has so many beautiful things that take care of us.
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