Living green makes sense : Go Green

A Jolly Devi
Contd from last Saturday
For example, reduced energy bills save money that can then be put to use elsewhere.
Use less electricity. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs each time you replace an old incandescent bulb. Compact fluorescents save 75% in energy use and last upto 10 minutes longer. As a bonus, you’ll save money on your electric bill.
Energy saving
Choose zero VOC paint for your next home decoration purpose. Most paints contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released into the air when you paint. VOCs can cause short and long term health problems.
Properly dispose of hazardous waste. Cleansers, oils, paints pesticides, batteries and solvents should never go out with the household garbage. They end up contaminating the soil and ground water in your community. Contact your Municipality, Government or the concerned NGOs to find out how to properly dispose of these items.
Get active
Instead of driving to your usual destinations, try walking, taking the bus or riding your cycle. For every 4-mile (6.4 km) trip avoid taking your car, you can prevent approximately 6.75 kg of air pollution from entering our atmosphere.
Go green society
Going green can improve your health and your environment and can save you money. In the process, you also can save animals by not wearing fur, conserve water by taking shorter showers and not let the water run while you brush your teeth, and conserve resources by recycling, among other choices.
Turn your kitchen into an eco-friendly environment
You will eliminate toxins that can destroy your health as well as eliminate non-biodegradable trash that ends up in a dump site. If you remodel your kitchen, use materials that someone else has disposed of, such as piece of wood or glass and metal that can be utilized in some form in your kitchen, also known as re-purposing. If you are corporate entity or business owner, take measures to go green can help to save the environment. The next time if you buy a household appliance make sure to buy a household appliance and make sure to purchase one that has the energy star label and you can reduce the amount of energy your family consumes dramatically.
Reducing green house emissions is to everyone’s benefit
Conserving water has become a priority nowadays. Using solar energy and wind energy is a green alternative and an excellent way to reduce energy consumption. Going green generally requires an initial financial investment by an individual or company. The health of workers also improves in a green company, which reduces sick days and health insurance costs.
A cleaner world is a healthier world
Participate in recycling, which saves energy and landfill space, prevents pollution, and conserves natural resources, and buy recycled products, note that recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity, three cubic yards (2.29 cu.m) of landfill space and 31786.3 litre of water.
Go green in your daily life
Say no to bottled water
Water is an excellent, healthy drink but drinking bottled water creates an extraordinary amount of waste.
Clean your green
Many store brought cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals that aren’t good for you for you or for the planet. Did you know that baking soda vinegar and lemon juice can be just as effective as store bought cleansers ? Try using some homemade green cleanser in your home today. Tamarind, lemon, ash, straw, dried sponge gourd are very good agents for cleaning household articles.
Go e-friendly
Most companies now have an online option for paying bills these days which creates a lot less paper waste. If every household paid bills online, we could save many trees each year.
Use cloth over paper
Instead of using paper napkins and towels, try cloth instead. It’s gentler on the environment and on your grocery budget too !
Plant tree
Tree produces oxygen, absorbs carbon dioxide and helps clean the air and the soil of our planet. Without trees, we humans would not be able to exist here on the Earth. Give a little something back to the planet by planting a tree in your backyard.
The only way to make our environment green is to think green, and implement it. Everybody should be involved in Go Green environment activity.

The writer is with College of Home Science, Central Agricultural University, Tura, Meghalaya. For further details contact:- Public Relations & Media Management Cell, CAU, Imphal. Email: [email protected]