By making simple changes in our daily lives, we can make this world a better place to live in. Everyone is trying to ‘go green’ these days. It is fundamentally about doing the most to consume the least. We can do our bit to leave in a greener world. All we need to do is, bring about some small changes in our lifestyles. We all should think about a sustainable environment and our aim should be to live on a greener planet. We all should practice the three Rs of environment that is reduce, reuse and recycle. We can take many steps to leave in a greener world and make our lives better. Here are some environmental tips to go green.
1. Save energy
Fluorescent light bulbs can be used in place of incandescent light bulbs. You should switch your electrical appliances to energy star appliances. Energy star is program backed by government which identifies appliances that make use of less energy as compared to other appliances. To save energy, you can also use cold water to wash clothes instead of hot water. In the day time, you can open the curtains and allow the natural sun light to brighten your room. Make sure to turn off the lights, fans, and other electrical appliances when they are not needed. Most of the time, students leave their computers on and go off to sleep. They should not do that. Always make it a point to completely switch off your computer before you go to bed. Install a programmable thermostat that will regulate your home temperature by keeping it cool or warm automatically and use drying racks to dry your clothes instead of drying machines.
2. Save water
Make it a practice to take showers for few minutes, this saves a lot of water and energy used to heat water in winters. You can install low-flow shower heads and these low-flow shower heads will help you save a lot of water. You can even install low flush toilets. With all these, make sure to install faucet aerator on each faucet. It costs very less and helps to conserve heat and water, without hampering the water pressure. You can use rain water to water your garden. If possible, you can even harvest rain water. Just install a big drum on your roof top and store rain water.
3. Eat smart
Buy organic vegetables. In your backyard, you can even grow some of the organic vegetables. Spinach can be grown very easily. By consuming organic food, your body would not get contaminated with the pesticides and chemicals that are present in the vegetables available in the local market. If you are a non-vegetarian then make it a point to eat low on food chain. Add meatless meals to your diet.
4. Skip bottled water
Avoid buying bottled water. You can buy a reusable water bottle and carry it to work or school. Aluminum bottles make great reusable bottles. Avoid plastic bottles.
5. Borrow books instead of buying
You can borrow books from libraries and from your friends instead of buying. This saves money as well as the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
6. Buy smart
Try to purchase food items in bulk. This saves packaging. Buy and wear clothes that need less or no dry cleaning. This saves money as well as it cuts down on toxic chemicals. Plus, it reduces the use of non renewable resources.
7. Some more tips to go green
Ban disposable and plastic bags for yourself. Make use of cloth bags. Whenever you go for shopping, carry your own reusable bag and say no to plastic bags. Always drive in the speed limit that is allowed by the traffic police. This move will surely help you conserve the fossil fuel. Always choose to walk or make use of bicycle to nearby places. You can always do so, if your destination place is anywhere between two miles. Use your electrical appliances as long as you can. Recycle your cellphones. Use non toxic products to clean things. Baking soda and lemon can be used to clean a variety of items. Make a homemade composite bin. Switch off you vehicle’s engine, especially in traffic posts. Unplug unused chargers and appliances. Try to pay all your bills on line. This will save paper. Reuse scarp paper. You can give these papers to your kids who love to paint. They can use the back side of these papers to paint. Use less of disposable diapers and more of cloth diapers. Use cloth to clean your kitchen instead of paper. Cloth napkins can be used on a regular basis instead of paper napkins. Make it a practice to use less of tissue papers. Make use of paper as less as you can. By doing this, you can save those millions of trees which are getting cut daily in order to meet a common man’s paper requirement. And the most important of all, plant trees as much as you can. Support plantation.