Here are some ways you can be environmentally friendly at home:
- Consider opening all windows to allow natural ventilation, instead of turning on the air conditioner. Check out this site for more tips on improving natural ventilation at home.
- When taking a bath: If you can still tolerate the cold water, do so, instead of turning on the water heater.
- Turn off the hot and cold switches of the water dispenser when no one is going to use it for a while (e.g. between meals, sleep).
- If you feel hot, wear less, shorter, and thinner clothes. If you’re a guy, go topless; this way, you’re also reducing the washing machine load.
- Consider wearing the same clothes more than once, especially if you’ve only worn them for a short time. If it’s sunny outside, bathe them in UV to get rid of bacteria.
- Plan your visits to the refrigerator. Avoid opening it frequently and minimize the time of it being open. Also make sure that the door is closed tight.
- Regularly defrost your freezer to maintain efficiency. Check out this site for other ways to improve the efficiency of your freezer (and refrigerator).
- If you’re going to reheat food from the freezer, thaw it out first by exposing to room temperature, before using the microwave.
- Heat only the amount of food you are confident of finishing, to avoid refreezing.
- Make it a habit to turn off all lights and appliances when you leave your room or any area in the house with no one in it.
- Put your computer to sleep whenever you’ll be away from it for minutes. Shut it down if you’ll be away for hours.
- Set a timer (with alarm) when charging any device, to avoid overcharging which can shorten the battery’s lifespan.
- Don’t iron clothes you won’t wear outside. If you have the passion for the environment, consider not ironing any clothes at all.
- Eat fresh fruits when hungry, instead of packaged snack items. Fruits have the lowest carbon footprint among food.
- Eat less beef and lamb than before, because they have the highest carbon footprint. Check out this site for carbon footprint data of other food.
- If you have an extra plot of soil, plant crops that you usually eat. Throw the peelings on the soil, not on the trash can, to replenish its nutrient content.
- Cook at home as often as practical. Delivering or taking out food creates a lot of waste.
- Cook with less (or no) oil as possible. Use ceramic non-stick frying pans too.
- Check if the sunlight is bright enough to drop the need for turning the lights on.
- Let go of cosmetic products that you really don’t need. These include, but not limited to: hair gel/wax, facial cleanser, shaving foam, lotion, powder, and perfume.
- Switch to using LED lights. They may be a bit costly, but you’ll save lots of money (and energy) in the long run due to their low power consumption and durability.
- Run up and down the stairs (while carrying weights), instead of using the treadmill (if you have one). This site explains why it is the most efficient exercise. Exercise caution too!
- Have extra time at home? Why not share environmental material in the social media? Help in giving people a nudge to protect the environment and themselves.
- Practice proper waste segregation to promote recycling/reuse.
- Invest in renewable energy sources, like solar cells and wind turbines.
If you have more green ideas for practice at home, please share in the comments!
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