Go Green At Home

Going green often doesn’t take too much effort. By following simple steps, you can contribute to the earth in big ways. Here are some such methods:

  • Switch off lights and fans when not in use. Make sure all switches are off before you go to sleep. This can save hours of electricity from being wasted.
  • Close the tap while brushing. It is said that leaving the tap open during the recommended two minutes of brushing can use up to 5 gallons of water every day.
  • Take a bag along whenever you go to a shop. Shops charge you for every bag that you buy from them. Taking your own bag can save you money and also protect the environment.
  • Encourage children to switch off computers and other video games devices after they have finished playing.
  • Use public transport whenever possible. By driving your own vehicle, you are adding to the pollution in the atmosphere.
  • Refrain from using vehicles if you have a short distance to cover. Walk that distance. It is also beneficial for your health.
  • If you will be away from your computer for a long time, make sure you put it on sleep mode before you go. This will have save the energy consumed by the PC.
  • Change the settings in your printer such that it prints on both sides of the paper. This helps to save a lot of paper.
  • Other ways to save paper are reducing the margin and size of the font and images. An even better way would be to use soft copies instead of print outs.
  • Use organic waste from the kitchen as compost for your garden.

These are only a drop from the ocean of easy ways to go green at home. But, every little step makes a big difference. Start small, today!


How to use water diligently?

Clean and safe drinking water has become very scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world do not have access to safe drinking water. But those who have access, take it for granted and tend to waste it.
So, here are some tips to use less water in homes and thereby save water for the future generations.

  • Water plants only when needed. Most plants need less water but at proper intervals. Know the watering requirements of your plant and use water accordingly. Adjust your watering schedule every month to accommodate seasonal changes.
  • Use water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucets in bathrooms. Take shorter showers and turn off the pipe after you wet your toothbrush. Avoid using water while gathering lather to wash your body and hair.
  • Use the dishwasher and laundry machines only when they have a full load. While washing utensils by hand, close the faucet when rinsing. Reuse the water from cooked or boiled vegetables as soup for a healthy way to start a meal and also save water.
  • Use cleaning liquids to mop the floor and wash basins. This will clean the surface quickly and consume less water.
  • Check for leakages in the pipelines regularly and keep them insulated.

By following these simple steps, you can save hundreds of litres of water every year and hence make safe and clean drinking water available for many generations to come.