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Tips to Save the Environment

February 12th, 2010

save-environment-tips.jpgThis article by Nidhi Varma contains some common suggestions for tips to save the environment. Some of these are debatable and not all of them may be feasible for you (it is difficult to imagine my mother using a bicycle for her usual commute, for example, although it might be fun to watch her try it). However, other than correcting for obvious spelling and grammatical issues I will leave this one unedited and allow my beloved readers to sort out the details in the comment section below.

I guess we have all heard much about the ozone layer depletion; about the arctic ice melting; about pollution and pollutants. But as they say about everything, efforts should begin at home. Here are a few useful tips, which if followed can help us do our small bit to protect the environment.

Reuse whatever you can. Empty beer bottles make great vases for flowers; empty plastic cans make great planters. Cut plastic bottles halfway and use the base as a pen stand. Use tin cans to make hanging planters.

Plant as many trees as you can around your house. The shade will keep the house cool and make the air conditioners more effective.

Use CFL bulbs instead of ordinary bulbs. They are long lasting, more cost effective and use less power to give you the same amount of light.

Do not leave the lights switched on when not in the room.

Use solar panels. Even if not for the entire house, you could utilize them for partial lighting. For example, you could use it for lamps inside and outside that you leave switched on at night.

Instead of going for a run every morning, use a bicycle to get you to your office. Do it at least twice or thrice a week. You will get your exercise and at the same time, you will save some fuel.

Avoid using pesticides. They kill bugs, but may also contaminate the soil and the fruit or vegetable.

Do not dump chemical products in the soil, gutters, or water.

Save paper. Take print outs on both sides. Read online.

Use jute bags or canvas bags for shopping instead of paper or plastic ones. You can keep a ‘shopping bag’ or two at home that you could take out every time you go to shop. This makes you save on paper and plastic.

Use window treatments that insulate your house well. Do not waste the energy used to warm or cool the house.

Use compost made at home. A compost bin or pit is really simple to make. You only have to dig up a little space in your garden, where you can dump all the dry leaves. In fact, it is recommended that you also throw biodegradable garbage here, like vegetable or fruit peels, old bread, etc. Cover the compost pit with a plank of wood or stone to avoid flies.

Do not use chemical fertilizers. They are one of the worst things you can do to your soil. In case you do need fertilizers, use organic or biodegradable fertilizers.

Don’t throw away dry leaves. If your compost pit is full, leave them in the mud; they will decompose and fertilize the soil.

Join a carpool. It is better than many cars using fuel to drive from one area to another. Or try using public transport.

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