Our habits in everyday life have a direct impact on environment and society. Optimum usage of Water & Energy. Nature friendly disposal of wastes we generate. Human behavioral patterns in day to day life all these constitutes our impact on Nature. When we modulate our life to be in tune with Nature our general health and prosperity increases.
The Green Lifestyles provide guidelines for Nature friendly living habits. Last article featured Nature friendly water usage in wash rooms. Here we are looking at the energy consumption management.
Green Habits in Wash Rooms (Energy Management)
Water heating is the third largest energy consumer. It accounts for about 14%-25% of total consumption.
|Install solar water heater or use some other energy-efficient water heating strategies.||Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for optimum usage of hot water||If more temperature is required wait for the cut off light and then open the out let valve, switch off the power and close outlet only after all the hot water is drained out.|
- Allow cold water to flow from the outlet.
- Switch ON the power supply.
- With the help of Gate Valve at the inlet, you can control the flow of hot water.
- After use, first switch OFF the power supply.
- Allow hot water to flow out. This prevents scaling of the element and increases its life.
- Close the Gate Valve at the inlet.
Other environment friendly actions required with respect to wash habits are:
|Use natural soaps and shampoo for bathing which will not harm the environment as well as your health.||Minimize the use of tooth pastes and shaving creams. We are always using very high quantities than required.||Avoid using hair dryers which are energy consuming, harmful to your hair & health. Use a good water absorbing towel or hair drying gloves now available in the market.|
|Almost all the natural dyes available in the market contain chemicals. Prepare your own natural dyes from plants like “Neelayamari” “Mylanchi” – Henna plant etc.||Use eco-friendly materials for cleaning and getting fresh air in rooms:
Use mixture of vinegar or lemon with baking soda for cleaning;
Use natural air fresheners like keeping some lemongrass oil, live indoor plants or dry flowers; Periodic spraying of lemongrass oil etc.
|Avoid Using Face Wash and tooth pastes with micro beads: mostly they are made of plastic. Besides the harmful effects of ingesting small plastic particles, these tiny beads absorb environmental toxins and end up in water bodies where fish eat them. To avoid micro beads, use natural materials or look for polyethylene or polypropylene on the ingredients list.|
|The discarded wet wipes cause serious damage to our water systems. They don’t dissolve and cause major blockages. Even if the label says “natural, these products tend to come with a whole lot of chemical ingredients & are fragranced, which can cause skin irritation and dryness.. You definitely do not want to use these chemicals around delicate mucous membranes, or any other parts of the body. A better choice is to use handkerchief.||Try using recycled toilet paper because 98 percent of the pulp used to make the tissues comes from virgin trees.|
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