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Make the Green Switch at Home

How green is your home? If you’re not sure, we tell you how you can reduce your carbon footprint at home:

Go green. Make a smart shift and adopt energy-efficient practices to bring down electricity bills. Fitting windows with double glass panes, direct shading devices such as pergolas and awnings, and low-e glazing enhance energy efficiency. Planned plantation helps shade roofs, windows and walls, bringing down temperatures by 5 to 6 degrees Celsius through evapo-transpiration. Switch to CFLs (use four times less energy and last eight times longer) or consider dimmers (dimming a light by 10 per cent more than doubles a bulb’s life) and motion sensors (for outdoor lighting). A solar heating system is a worthwhile investment. Make space for saplings and plants.


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Buy smart. Appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and TVs account for a big chunk of electricity bills. Check the age and condition, and replace when needed (check the efficiency rating). LCD TVs and monitors draw less power than CRT/plasma screens, and laptops can give annual energy savings of as much as 50 per cent over a desktop. Put your laptop to sleep each night, dust the coils behind your refrigerator (they use more energy if grimy), and unplug electronics when not in use to stop “phantom” energy draw.


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Conserve. The best place to start conserving water is home. Check all faucets and pipes for leaks (a small leak can waste 20 gallons per day), and ensure that you never let the tap run – whether you’re brushing or washing utensils. Switch to showers instead of baths, don’t throw tissue in the toilet (flushing trash wastes an additional 5-7 litres), and use the washing machine/dishwasher only for full loads. Install a low-flow (uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute) toilet and showerheads, and low-flow faucet aerators to save gallons of water. A rain water harvesting system will pay dividends for years to come!


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