‘Go green’ is the simplest idea to be planted in your everyday life, it does not mean you will have to change your life or lifestyle.
Simple things can make a difference. The contents of this list might not be new, but they bear repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take root.
- Check lights at your home
If every household in the country replaced regular light bulbs with one of those new compact LEDs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing roughly a million cars from the road, so say various credible organizations.
- At work, often turn off computers
By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save nearly 40 watt-hours per day. If you do not want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work,
- Do not pre-heat the oven
Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, do not pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in. Also, when checking on your food, look through the oven window instead of opening the door.
- Recycle glass
Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 per cent and related water pollution by 50 per cent. If it is not recycled, it can take a million years to decompose.
- Diaper with a conscience
By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding over a million tons of waste in the landfills each year. Whether you choose cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable, you are making a choice that has a much gentler impact on our planet. Yes, there are NGOs that collect recyclable waste and have found solution to recycle diaper and sanitary pads, find one in your area.
- Hang dry
Do you use an automatic drying washing machine? Try using it less as it consumers a lot of extra energy and its dryer adds to global warming. Get a clothesline or rack, like it used to be in olden days to dry your clothes by the air under the sunshine. Your wardrobe will maintain colour and fit, and you will also save money.
- Go vegetarian, sometimes
One less meat-based meal a will help the planet and your diet. In case you do not already know, it requires about three times the water to wash chicken and five times for red meat as compared to washing vegetables. Moreover, a section of society also questions the conditions in which animals and birds are reared to eat
- Move from hot to warm
Many of you could be so used to switching on the water heater/geysers and let them on till the water is completely hot. However, you do not really need so much hot water and you end up mixing cold water in the heated water. Why not bath when water is just warm, before the geyser cuts of? You will save electricity and some water too.
- Use one less paper napkin
As per Global reporting Initiative, on an average around 3-4 paper napkins (either in toilet or on dinner table) are used by an employee in a corporate office using paper towels. A similar amount is used in hotels, cafes and some homes too. However, if everyone in the office could use their washable handkerchief/hand towel, it will make a great difference to the paper consumption and add life to the planet.