Saving the environment and going green once meant separating paper and plastic in your recycle bins and buying organic produce from your nearby grocery store in a reusable tote bag. But these days, where global warming, rising energy costs and other environmental threats are becoming front-page news, the time has come where we need to take critical measures for an eco-friendly living. And this no more doesn’t apply to the government, it boils down to you.
They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Embracing new practices for a sustainable environment and changing those lifestyle habits that are slowly killing the planet can go a long way to in reducing our carbon impact on the environment.
What often starts out simply as a money-saver option – conserving energy by limiting your electricity usage – turns out can bring quite a positive impact. Going green doesn’t have to mean you need to make costly investments like solar panels, non-toxic paints or sustainable wood flooring. All it takes is making small changes in your day-to-day activities to make your home a healthier and greener place. As builders who promote eco-friendly living, here is our list of eight lifestyle changes which will help the environment and also which you can start practicing today:
Your To-Do List For Going Green & Making Your Home Eco-Friendly
- Switch to CFL lamps & LED lighting
Energy efficient CFL lamps and LED bulbs use just a quarter of the electricity than regular bulbs. Not only do they help you save up on your electricity bills, they also last 10 times longer too.
- Turn off those lights, Let the sun shine
If you or others at your home are forgetful, you can install movement sensors to activate lights only when needed. Installing automated timers can be another way to save energy for lights that are frequent left to blaze in empty rooms.
- Grow plants indoors
Beat the heat during summers by growing indoor plants which require less maintenance. Not only do they bring the temperature down, they keep the air fresh and purified. Research shows that if you use plants like Aloe Vera, Areca Palm and Ficus Tree, it could bring down the temperature in your home by as much as 10 degrees! This effect is very useful in maintaining a comfortable humidity indoors and improving the quality of the air you breathe. So “green” your living space and clean your air by filling it with some indoor plants.
- Get unplugged
Electric appliances like TVs, DVD players and computers use as much energy in standby mode than during the relatively small amount of time they are actually used. So when not in use, make sure to turn them to preserve energy.
- Conserve water
Did you know water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute? Small drips from a worn-out faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water in a day. And larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. So make sure to check your bathroom for leaks. Install inexpensive water-saving shower heads to check the water flow. Also make sure to turn off the water while brushing or scrubbing your hands, before it’s time to rinse.
- Go paperless at home
Despite the rise in digital devices, many homes and offices alike are buried in a never-ending stream of paper in your home and when it’s time to find a document, you can never find it at the right place! Go green and get organized by opting to pay bills online, using apps to plan your grocery list and sticky notes. With some patience, you can stack up your important files in an online cloud and search & find them easily using their file name.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce your requirement for buying new products that are harmful to the environment. Buy reusable over disposable items. Find items that can be reused, such as glass jars and metal packaging. Adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle using recycled materials such as recycled glass, recycled tiles and recycled plastic.
- Make your own cleaning supplies
If you still don’t know the big secret: you can make toxic and very effective cleaning products whenever you need them. Just mix a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap. Making your own cleaning supplies also save time, money and packaging – not to mention, keep your indoor air quality.
Going green is a personal choice and can make a big difference in how you perceive your surroundings. Taking small measures at a time can ultimately make a big difference. These are just feasible and easy ways to an eco-friendly, greener lifestyle. They don’t take much time, just a bit of effort and compassion.
Bhandary Builders offers residents the opportunity to lead a healthier, greener and a more eco-friendly lifestyle in its apartments in Mangalore. Designed for a new era of cleaner, energy-efficient luxury urban living, Bhandary Heights features a magnificent edifice that overlooks a breathtaking sea view and panoramic, lush greenery from the landscaped gardens.
Out of concern for the health and wellness of its residents, Bhandary Builders has been building spacious apartments that let in plenty of sunshine and air, along with a number of high-tech comforts and superior features designed to cater to a luxurious and comfortable life.
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