Every April 22nd, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day, and We are one of them here in India.
Earth Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how we can make our Earth a better place; to be more mindful of our impact on the Earth and challenge ourselves to adopt new, environmentally friendly habits that conserve resources, save money, and encourage healthy Sustainable Living.
In fact, with wonderful benefits like those, doesn’t it make sense to live every day like it’s Earth Day?
Well, you can. Over the years, We used Earth Day as a starting point to implement new and Green changes in our lives. Here are Some ways we celebrate Earth Day that you and your family can try too.
Some of them may seem small, and personal changes are no substitute for systemic reform — but small changes do add up, and if you sustain those changes for the rest of your life, they can profoundly lighten your environmental footprint and help make the Earth a better, cleaner and greener place to live.
Adopt a Tree
A single tree can absorb up to 20 Kgs of carbon dioxide every year. If you live in an apartment, get a small, indoor-friendly Yucca, kaffir lime, Madagascar dragon, or bonsai are other small trees that thrive indoors. Keep in mind that if you have pets, it’s best to double-check that the tree you select isn’t toxic to them. If you are Lazy and often forget to water your plants, bring home succulents, these plants require little to no watering .
SolarOcta Recommendation is to bring a ALOE VERA plant indoors , it cleans the Air and can be used to make healthy concoctions with it’s gel.
Native flowers look beautiful and they provide pollen and nectar for pollinators like bees and Hornets. Even better, locally-sourced flowers are typically low maintenance because they’re accustomed to your climate.
A lot of us Need to check our habits and take actions to reduce our energy footprints.
going to another Room, for catching up on live match – ” switch off your Fans and lights” and enjoy your match.
Don’t let those Precious Resources Burn in Vain.
Seal the Door
A little air flow is a good thing but too much can work against your Air conditioning units. Install a draft stopper on your door and seal up major cracks or leaks where you can. It’ll help you save on cooling costs and keep pests out of your house.
Take Cooler, Shorter Showers
In other words, it requires a lot of energy to heat water for a shower or bath. Taking a cooler, shorter shower can reduce energy use. As an added bonus, cold showers may help you feel more alert and reduce feelings of fatigue.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Depending on where you live, central air conditioning might account for as much as 50% of your energy use. To reduce waste, consider installing a smart, programmable thermostat. These devices shut off automatically when you’re away and have other built-in features that facilitate efficient heating and cooling.
You can Practice this method in your Home with your window Air Conditioner as well , Keep the Thermostat Setting at 20 to 24 degree Celsius range ,
WHY you ask ?
all an Air Conditioner Does is Recirculate the Air in the room , extracting of Heat in every cycle , when you have been inside the AC room for a while , your body is much more cooler than it was before and you would adapt to 24 degree much faster , and be comfortable with the temperature set as it’s cooler than outside scorching summer heat waves.
Your AC life is extended , Bills are Reduced , and you won’t get that Headache from coming in and out of a AC room.
If you live in a city , you might already know the importance and price of clean potable drinking water .
You use RO filters , buy bottled water , even pay for water bills .
not everyone is as lucky to have clean water availability .
Reduce your water consumption, while doing chores .
That Car Wash on sunday can wait , a simple wipe down with a damp cloth is okay for another week .
don’t leave your taps running , do i even need to mention this .
water conservation is important and with falling ground table , this is an issue everyone should actively take actions to solve .
we all heard about the news of Cape town capping Water consumption , and our Indian cities like Bangalore following behind.
Ensure Water Security and practice this to preach !
Check Your Fridge
If you frequently find half-frozen produce or leftovers in the fridge, you’re ruining your food and wasting energy. Set your fridge between 2 to 4 degree Celsius range to reduce unnecessary energy use and keep your food fresh and unfrozen.
Keep Cool, Naturally
Consuming something cold is a great way to cool down. Stay hydrated. If it’s hot out, shed some layers and drink iced water or tea. Or, blend together and freeze organic frozen fruit to make a homemade sorbet.
Turn on the Fan
It’s easy to reach for the air conditioner when it’s too warm but, next time the heat gets too much, turn on a fan instead. Even the most efficient air conditioners account for a significant portion of your monthly energy expenditure. Fans use a tiny fraction of this energy.
It’s Cold Outside – Put on a Sweater
If the house feels a little chilly, put on a sweater, warm socks, and cozy sweatpants. Prepare some herbal tea or a homemade soup rather than turning on the heater.
Let There be Sunlight!
Open up the curtains and blinds to let in more natural light whenever possible. More than just conserving energy, sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D and strengthens your immune system.
Reuse Glass Containers
Before you recycle your glass bottles and jars, think about how you can reuse them. Large jars are great for salads and soups, small ones are the perfect size to measure portions of nuts and dressings. You can even reuse the dropper bottles from other products; just wash them out when you’re finished with them, and use them to hold or blend your favorite Homemade “Achaar pickles and Jams ”
Check Your Tire Pressure
Improve fuel efficiency and lower your pollution footprint by keeping your tires properly inflated. It’s also a good strategy for prolonging the life of your tires and, in turn, saving money.
Walk or Bike to Work
Not only is walking or biking to work great exercise, it reduces your pollution footprint. It can also be good for your mind — people that commute by car experience greater stress than people who walk, bike, and use public transportation, so it’s in your best interest to take a stroll to work. As a bonus, you’ll also get a little exercise and some much-needed sunshine on your way.
Start a Carpool
If you have to drive, consider carpooling with coworkers in your neighborhood. You’ll help reduce pollution, decrease traffic congestion, and you get the bonus of social interaction before and after work. Studies report that talking to friends and coworkers offers substantial health benefits.
Support Sustainable Businesses
If you can buy it, there’s an eco-friendly version of it. Support companies that use sustainable practices, ingredients, and packaging in their products. Many businesses have started incorporating recycled or upcycled materials into their products.
Get a Reusable Water Bottle
Disposable, plastic water bottles may be convenient but they release toxic plasticizers and hardeners that make their way into your body and the environment. Plastic does not degrade easily, and it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Recycling is also a one-time-only process,
“Conventional recycling programs are ineffective at best; only two types of plastic are widely recyclable, and even then, it’s downgraded into other products which cannot be recycled further, eventually ending up in landfill, or worse, in the ocean, where plastic seriously harms wildlife, the ecosystem and our health. … It’s naive to think the material will disappear all together.”
Instead of using plastic, buy a reusable water bottle made of glass and fill it with purified water every time you leave the house. It’s a habit that will reduce waste, and taking a water bottle wherever will encourage you to drink water more often and stay hydrated.
Take a Mug to Work
Disposable cups are convenient but using them is a tremendous source of waste. Even worse, most of the disposable cups you use every day are not recyclable and contain objectionable chemicals like styrene (found in Styrofoam), which is linked to neurological effects. Skip the disposable cups and bring your own mug to work. There are many nice options that are made with non-toxic materials.
Who doesn’t like sipping their favorite hot beverage from a good heavy ceramic mug . I personally am a CHAI over coffee kinda person , who has a different mug for everyday of the week . MUG COLLECTION !
I’d like to end this article with my personal favourite ,
Unplug and Go Outside
Today, too many people spend too much time indoors consuming media in some form or another — usually electronic. A climate-controlled environment requires energy to maintain, as do devices. Do yourself and the planet a favor by powering down, going outside, and enjoying nature with your friends and family. You don’t need to get on a plane to have an adventure. There might be some local undiscovered spot that will become your new retreat. National parks and nature preserves are resources many people don’t take advantage of and, unfortunately, parks that don’t receive a lot of visitors are at risk of being de-funded, developed, or mined of their natural resources. Plan a visit to a less popular park to help protect its funding and maintenance.
Also , I’d like to mention , That there are various other ways you can reduce your Carbon Footprints , Help Make this planet Cleaner and Greener .
I could Pitch you shifting to Solar Power for your Electricity needs at day time , composting bins for your kitchen waste , bio gas plants , rain water harvesting and a lot more creative and high end technologies ,
I didn’t ,
Because you can make a difference to help save this planet , without spending another penny to invest in green technologies and still help make a difference .
This article was Focused to Inculcate the Thought process of going Green with your thinking and creativity .
If you liked the article , help spread the word for creative actions which if implemented in the long run , could directly reduce your footprints , and encourage other to live a sustainable life aswell .
like , Comment and Share with your Near and Dear ones – Wishing them a Very “Happy EARTH Day 2018 ” .
Peace , conscious for going green.