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Reducing our carbon footprint, that is, being eco-friendly, is not only the right thing to do in terms of the future of our environment, it is also one of the ways where we can do our share to conserve energy and save Mother Earth. A few easy yet effective tips for going green at home include:
Use natural cleaning products. Actively use natural products for home cleaning. Lemon juice can be squeezed on oily kitchen build-up, and vinegar can be used to clean glass surfaces. Pour a can of Coke down a murky toilet and let it sit; watch the stains disappear after you flush.
Save electricity. Simple things like switching off the lights before leaving the room and switching to ceiling fans to cool down can make a difference. Use energy saving light bulbs as they last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs. An LCD monitor, printer and standard business PC have a power consumption of approximately 9 watts. Switch these off at night when not in use to save about 26.28 kilowatt-hours per year. Use the kettle to heat water if you don’t need that much hot water. Minimize water usage by doing the laundry if you have a full load of laundry, and ditch the clothes dryer by taking advantage of the UAE’s bountiful sunshine to dry your clothes.
Reuse and recycle. Reuse plastic containers to store liquids, or plastic bags for storing garbage instead of throwing them after first use. Glass is 100% recyclable as well. Textiles can be shredded and fibers made into new fabrics. Those lucky to have a garden at home can turn food waste and leftovers into a compost; however, not all food scraps can be turned into such so educate yourself on this.
Turn off the tap. To check for a leaky tap, put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak which is easy to fix. This can greatly save on your water bill and prevent future water wastage. Simply turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can also save four gallons of water a minute.
* Switch your washer’s temperature from hot to warm to save electricity
* Conserve energy by turning off/unplugging home appliances when not in use
* Use products available in the kitchen instead of going for commercial ones
Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer