Energy Saving Tips for an Eco-friendly Apartment
Creating a sustainable environment for our future generation is a collective responsibility that demands efforts from each and every one of us as human beings. Green homes have come a long way; especially in the last few decades and is swiftly transforming from an alternative way of construction to the mainstream.
As there are many different ways by which we can reduce the household’s energy use, let’s have a look at the Energy Saving Tips for an Eco-friendly Home, prepared by Veegaland Homes, the most reliable eco-friendly builder in Kerala.
1. Save water
One of the most basic things you can do to minimize your ecological footprint is to start saving water. From making sure not to leave the tap running while you’re brushing, to preferring bathroom fittings like low-flow showers, low-flow taps and tanks, and dual flush buttons can considerably help to avoid wastage of water.
Almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine is used for heating water. Therefore, washing clothes at a cooler temperature with a full load can save you a lot of water, electricity and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
2. Swap CFLs for LEDs
Conventional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity and are required to be replaced more often than their energy-efficient alternatives, which is one of the ways to conserve energy and save a lot of money in the long run.
LEDs are known to be 90% more efficient, contain no harmful gases, and can last up to 20 years. Even though they are more expensive, their energy efficiency and longer lifetime mean they cost less in the long run. As home lightning is known to impact safety, function, energy consumption, and quality of life, it’s not worth making a compromise.
3. Avoid chemicals
Regardless of their nature and use, beauty, toiletry, and household cleaning products contain an excess amount of chemicals, and washing them away into the water supply can be very harmful to the environment.
Moreover, the chemicals and materials that go into some structural parts of your house can also emit dangerous toxins that affect you and your family. Replacing the chemical products in your home with natural products for your everyday purposes can be an ideal move for an eco-friendly future.
4. Rags to replace paper towels
Paper towels are one of the most convenient ways to clean up our kitchen and several other things. However, they are also one of the most environmentally unfriendly materials in your homes and it’s time to find alternatives.
Even though completely avoiding the use of paper towels isn’t practical, try and limit their use wherever possible and shift to sustainable options such as rags, towelettes, or dishcloths. Undoubtedly, the kitchen is the best place to start your journey for a green and eco-friendly future.
The use of synthetic materials and other artificial homemade decor items within an air-tight interior will cause the air within modern homes to be polluted with toxins or chemicals. With humans spending most of their time indoors, poor air quality will have a huge negative impact on human health.
Although houseplants are primarily used for decoration purposes to add some green and natural accents to home interiors, they are also known to improve the air quality creating a pleasant, fresh, and healthy environment. With minimal requirements of sunlight and water, houseplants are perfect for an eco-friendly home.
6. Take the stairs
Every modern apartment or flat will have an elevator installed with the objective of making our lives a lot easier, like any other appliance or device. But as a simple and yet more effective way to lead an eco-friendly life, one can decide to avoid the elevator whenever possible and choose to take the stairs instead.
Belonging to the category of walking and jogging, stair climbing or descending is a form of cardiovascular exercise that can strengthen your heart as well your leg muscles. Although technically you’ll be taking more steps, the efforts would reduce your carbon footprints and would be worth your’s and also this planet’s health.
7. Energy-saving appliances
Appliances are responsible for a good amount of the total household energy consumption. Energy-saving products and appliances with a good energy star rating are made and known to consume less energy and proven to be eco-friendly. Even though they might be slightly expensive, their operating costs are significantly lower than the conventional models.
Therefore, replace your old home appliances like a washer, dryer, and refrigerator with new models that are more energy-efficient and contribute to a green future.
8. Unplug devices
Unplugging devices is one of the most efficient ways to conserve energy. Despite being switched off, appliances or electronic devices that are plugged in can drain a lot of energy. Known as Phantom power or standby power, this energy is wasted when these appliances are not in use, but plugged in and can even go up to a significant percentage of the total electricity consumed in a house and can reflect in your electricity bills.
The easiest and most logical way to save on phantom power is to simply unplug your electronic devices while they are not in use and make sure to do a routine check to ensure the same while you head out or goes to sleep.
9. Manage power settings
With growing technology and the smart device revolution, new-age electronic devices and appliances come with the advantage of power managing settings which enable users to set the device to an energy consumption mode according to their preferences.
Setting-up devices in an energy-saving mode, users can now make sure their electronic devices or appliances aren’t wasting any energy and prolong the device’s battery life and also contribute to saving some money on the electricity bills.
Thriving as an eco-friendly builder in Kerala, Veegaland Homes supports all kinds of green initiatives that are beneficial for a sustainable future and design and build flats and apartments with eco-friendly means and state-of-the-art techniques.
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