Simple ways to Go Green at Home

Did you know that on an average, each American generates 4.5 pounds of trash daily? Or one glass of bottle of water can generate enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours? It’s astonishing how little we think of the chaos we are causing so casually.

It is highly essential for you to be a responsible citizen of the planet, and take the first major step to preserve its fast-depleting natural resources. And let the first step begin at your own doorstep. Just 10 simple adjustments and you will be all good to go:

#1. Do not turn on the light during day; open the windows instead. Turn off the lights and the fan when you are leaving the room, even it is for just a minute. Also make sure to go for energy-efficient appliances which come with an ENERGY STAR.

#2. Change all the lightbulbs of your home (even if it is one at a time). Go for the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) which uses 66% less energy.

#3. Plant trees around your house to provide you with shade during the summer months. This will make you use the AC less.

#4. Get the insulation checked on regular intervals. Under-performing insulation eats up a lot of energy.

#5. Turn the faucet off when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Install low-flow cisterns in the toilets which release less volume of water per flush.

#6. Avoid throwing away polythene plastic bags. Instead of throwing the plastic bags away, re-use them as long as possible. When unusable, dispose them in recycle bins.

#7. Use zero-VOC paints when you decide on coloring the walls of your home. Conventional paints contain toxic compounds which can cause negative health effects. Go for light-colored reflective paint on the exterior walls to reflect back sunlight and keep the house cooler.

#8. Go for walkways, flowerbeds and drought-resistant plants in your yard. Thus, you will use less water for the yard. You can also store rainwater and use it to water the yard.

#9. Dirty air filters make the AC work harder to cool the room. Clean the air filters of the AC at least once a month.

#10. Avoid using napkins and paper towels unless it is very necessary. Make good use of the old cloth towels and buy a couple of bar towels as replacements.

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