Being eco-friendly, is the need of the hour. Dicaprio put it right, “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

Waking up to a heated room with hardly any water to satisfy your sore throat and no electricity, doesn’t seem like a very hot (oh, a pun!) way to start your day.  The energy that we’re consuming every minute is non-renewable and with every unit we waste or overuse, we are depriving our future generations, and even ourselves of this seemingly basic luxury in the coming years.

Now, we hear a lot of people state proudly that they have gone completely eco-friendly, but have they? Using solar panels and temperature regulating walls do help a lot but it is not the ‘only’ way to go eco-friendly. We have to follow minute details in order to truly become eco-friendly.

“Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realising that life is made up of little things.”- Frank A. Clark

Keeping that in mind, we at HutStory, have compiled some tips for you to start right at home while still making an impact in the world:

 

CFL Bulbs

Replace bulbs by compact fluorescent light bulbs because they save 66% more energy than incandescent light bulbs. It will save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions if you trade one incandescent bulb with 1 CFL bulb.

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Extension Leads

By using multi socket extension leads you can save up to 15% energy by switching them off when not in use. Your television is on stand by for almost 17 hours a day which uses up a lot of energy.

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Bamboo Flooring

To make the hardwood flooring, it is suggested to use bamboo because of its faster growth than any other plant. Its quick rate of replenishment means it is more environment friendly than timber for hardwood flooring.

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Let The Heat In

Only 13% of people keep their blinds open during the day to let the heat in. 10% energy can be saved on heating when you open up the blinds to let the sunlight in during the day.

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Keep It Cool

Refrigerators use a lot of your energy and also gives out a lot of greenhouse gases. When the refrigerator is kept in sunlight it takes up a lot of energy to keep things cold. Thus, wasting more energy and emitting more harmful gases. It is advised to keep refrigerators in the shade for better results. Also, peeking into the refrigerator frequently loses a lot of energy per day and can result in a big hike in your electricity bill per year. So, think before you open that door aimlessly.

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Microwave It

Use a microwave instead of a convection oven because 50% less energy is used by a microwave. Use glass, silicon or ceramic dishes because of more efficiency offered by them in the oven and can reduce the cooking temperature required.

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It’s the small things we do that make our house eco-friendly and more promising. After all, put future generations aside, the mistakes we are making today are affecting our lives, now.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

Listen to Mother Teresa, create those ripples! Make your house eco-friendly.