National Geographic showed a very interesting program – Earth Hour, in lieu of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day today- April 22nd.
Some interesting facts:
– Mumbai uses 10million plastic bags everyday- which means 2500 tons of CO2.
– Even 2% reduction of fuel consumption means reducing Rs7400crore for India.
– India’s first Plastic waste road has been built in Bengaluru.
And there were some tips for us all to make our presence felt and this world better. Most of the points were from the program, some I have added.
* Keep the oven clean as it reflects better heat and uses less energy.
* Turn off the electric burners or stove gas five minutes before the food is ready to take advantage of the residual heat.
* Keep the detergent and salt containers full while using the dishwasher, as this cuts down on electricity when washing and drying.
* While using the washing machine, fully load the dryer to save electricity.
* Keep the inside of the microwave clean, because pieces of food can cause increased electricity consumption.
* In the refrigerator keep food well-covered as this will prevent moisture from escaping, thereby preventing excessive power demands on the compressor.
* Remove the toaster’s plug from the outlet, to prevent the toaster from using energy when switched off.
* Turn the ironing machine / press off the iron before finishing the ironing of clothes, as it is safer and saves energy.
* Turn the television off when not using it.
* Use fluorescent light tubes & bulbs if you need to leave the light on for a long period of time. They last long than conventional light bulbs, and they use only one-quarter of the energy.
* Video-conference instead of travelling and flying.
* Use Solar and Wind powered products as much as possible.
* Switch off lights, fans of rooms; when not in use.
How to Save 50,000 lts of water?
* Take shorter showers or use a bucket
* Do not let the faucets drip/leak. Change the faucets immediately, in case this happens. This will save millions of litres of water everyday.
* Place a brick in the water tank of your toilet. It will save millions of litres of water every day.
* Use a watering can to water your plants in the garden. Do not use a hose. This will save a lot of water.
*Don’t use a hose to wash your car, use a bucket of water.
*Don’t dump trash in wetlands.
* Recycle or reuse paper and newspaper by using them to wrap gifts and show friends and family your love for the environment!
* Do not take print outs or photocopies, unless necessary.
* Remove yourself from the mailing lists of companies who send you junk mail by post and save tonnes of paper
* Next time ask your bank to send you e-statements. Also, start making payments online.
*Ask your office to stock brands of recycled paper that are certified and made from 100 percent post-consumer-recycled content.
* Reuse/ Recyle:
– Switch to jute bags or reuse plastic bags when going shopping, as
manufacturing a plastic bag releases around 63 kg of carbon.
– Use both sides of the paper for printing
– Reuse old envelopes for posting your letters.
– Use old newspapers to wrap gifts and other things
– Use recycled products and stationery.
Reduce Carbon Footprints.
* Efficiently segregate and manage wet and dry waste.
* Turn waste of your house into compost for trees.
* Use cloth or jute bags instead of plastic bags when shopping.
* Carpool, use public transports as much as possible.
* Switch off at traffic signals, drive at 50 km/hr.
* Offset the emissions by planting trees.
* Ride a bike to work and to shop. Encourage your kids to bike to school.
* Don’t overfertilize your lawn. Leave clippings on grass instead.
What we do counts. Let us Save Earth to save ourselves.
ps: Check out these cool videos on Nat Geo:
Save Paper. Save Trees.