Everything we do in our daily lives impacts our planet in known and unknown ways. From the food we eat, the water we drink, the car we drive, the products we buy, the appliances we use to the collective resources we consume and manage at home. In today’s world, humans are using natural resources, producing artificial resources and generating waste at a harmful rate for the environment.
India ranks third in the global list of national carbon footprint and emissions. It accounts for 2.46 billion metric tonnes of carbon and 6.8% of global emissions. The estimated carbon footprint of an Indian is 0.56 -0.19 tonne among the rural and 1.32 tonnes among the urban population per year.
As recently as April 2021, India’s per capita carbon footprint was recorded 60% lower than the global average. People have realised that conserving the natural resources on earth is the need of the hour. It’s the small changes we make that help lessen the impact of our activities and ensure Environmental sustainability.
Here are some sustainable living examples at home:
1. Save energy and reduce household use
Energy conservation in itself is a source of energy. Switch off lights, fans and other electrical appliances when not in use. Open windows to use natural cooling instead of air conditioning. Dry your clothes and hair naturally rather than with a dryer. Use electric kettles in place of stove kettles. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or LED bulbs.
2. Install energy-efficient devices
You can home appliances energy-efficient but fitting them with home automation devices. They can track consumption and record usage patterns. They notify you about the available resources at home as well as alert you about overuse or wastage. For example, Tigon’s smart-enabled devices can help plan utilization and manage resources better (electricity, water, sunlight, food, etc.).
3. Use renewable resources
Consider renewable resources such as solar energy for electricity, natural wind for air conditioning, biogas/biomass energy for cooking, geothermal energy for heating and hydropower/rainwater harvesting for water to power your home. Replacing petrol/diesel-fuelled vehicles can also reduce pollution and climate change.
4. Plant a tree
Growing your produce in a home garden can ensure the reduction of pollutants like pesticides. You can even reuse biodegradable kitchen waste as manure for garden plants. Producing flowers, fruits and vegetables at home increases oxygen in the air and decreases fossil fuel consumption to transport produce to supermarkets.
5. Donate, Don’t Waste
Resale and donation can extend the shelf-life of items/products that you don’t use anymore. Donate furniture, clothes, books, and food to non-profit or charitable organizations. Resell vehicles, instruments, gadgets and appliances to second-hand retailers or people in need. This reduces landfill waste and dependence on disposable single-use products.
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