As we catch up with congested times, phrases such as “Go green! “Conserve energy” and “Reduce your Carbon Footprint” have begun to have a special significance. Mother Earth faces rising concerns about depleting natural resources and increased costs of energy usage, and without doubt, here is a crucial need for recycling and conservation.
There are many things we can do to help. Adults and children in every household should make it a habit to unplug unused appliances, use energy-saving bulbs, and switch off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Here are some more ways to save energy:
Reducing the phantom load
Taking up the challenge to reduce our ‘carbon footprint’ means installing all appliances on UL-approved power strips. This makes it possible for you to unplug your dehumidifier, toaster, DVD player, microwave, television and geysers all from a single switch. By collectively switching off appliances when they are on standby mode or not in use, you can save invaluable energy.
Changing your purchasing habits
The next time you go shopping, take a minute to reflect upon the small choices you make that can make a huge difference to the environment. Don’t use plastic shopping bags, try purchasing goods that come in recycled packaging material, and buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead of packaged ones.
Going Green with laundry processes
You can quit using the dryer and go back to the old ways of air drying your hair and clothes. Apart from saving up to 10-15 percent on total household energy bills, you can regulate humidity levels and increase the life of your fabrics. Go a step further, wash your laundry by hand and use cold water to lock in the colors. This will also prevent high temperatures from damaging the texture of your clothes.
Take a hike!
Walking or cycling over short distances is a great way to reduce the waistline and increase savings on expensive petrol. Or ditch the car and hitch with car pool buddies to travel to work every day. The air we breathe becomes a lot cleaner with lesser carbon monoxide being pumped into it.
With Energy Star® appliances, you can put your home on an energy diet. They go a long way in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, wastage of natural resources, and in making utility bills dip lower.