Nowadays, we often read about the negative effects our daily activities have on the environment. For example, our regular use of plastic and Styrofoam food containers which are often disposed off after use. These environmentally damaging habits can cause long term damages to our weather, our ozone and all other living things.
One of the ways we can help contribute to the effort to save our environment is by going Eco-friendly, and what better way to start than at home? Yes, you can make your home greener by practising some of the steps stated below:
Use Compact Fluorescent Light-bulbs (CFLs)
Currently, the light bulbs used in home are the incandescent types that use a lot of energy and generate quite a bit of heat. Switch your light bulbs to CFLs and you’ll save about 75% on your energy bill. Additionally, CFLs last a lot longer than regular bulbs; about 6-8 times longer. Although CFLs tend to cost more, you’ll be able to save a lot in the long run. In fact, you’ll be cutting down greenhouse gas emissions by 400 pounds for every conventional light bulb replaced.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
If you go shopping for any electrical appliances for your home, you’ll notice that many of these appliances have energy-efficient stickers on them, represented by the number of yellow stars. The more stars you see, the higher the energy efficiency of that particular product. Energy efficient appliances not only reduce the amount of electricity consumed, they also emit fewer pollutants, like toxic gasses. These appliances can reduce energy consumption by up to a third, which will mean less fossil fuels burnt and less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Use Bamboo Furnishings
Compared to trees, bamboo takes a much shorter time to grow. Therefore, they are considered an easier renewable resource compared to trees. You can consider bamboo furniture, bamboo flooring and other bamboo items like dividers or screens for your home. Using bamboo will reduce the demand for trees, and will help reduce rampant deforestation.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the amount of plastic containers, bottles, cans and others that come out of your home. Start your own recycling program by segregating your waste and sending them to the nearest recycling centre. If the area you live in has a waste segregation program, try your best to enforce it at home according to the regulations. Always remember that you’re doing this so that future generations don’t have to live on a pile of trash.
Take a Shower, Not a Bath
Using a low flow shower head saves a great deal more water than filling a bath tub halfway through and soaking in it. In fact, a shower head can save your entire family up to 150,000 litres of water a year. Showering uses as little as 14% of the water that a bath consumes, which means you save more than 80% of clean water you would otherwise waste. Imagine if everyone did that.
Doing your bit for the environment may require some simple lifestyle adjustments on your part, but you’ll be thankful later for their long term effects. Similarly, your children, grandchildren and their descendants will be thankful too.