Tips to cut your Electricity bill in half..

April 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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A few minor but smart adjustments could help you save electricity and cut your electric bills in half!


Energy-friendly shower

Give your geyser a split after 10 am or keep it switched off all together because cold showers are way more relaxing. If you need hot water, cut down the thermostat setting to 50 degrees. If available use a solar water heater, which is the eco-friendly alternative to your regular electric water heater.

Wash ‘n’ save

Your washing machine works most effectively if you fill it up nicely with messy clothes and use the requested amount of detergent only. If your clothes are not too dirty, using cold water is enough. If feasible use a timer facility and dry your clothes naturally instead of using an electric dryer.

Right lights

You might not see a distinction in the way they light up the room but the right choice of bulbs shows on your electricity bill. Compact fluorescent ones are four times more energy productive than incandescent bulbs but provide the same lighting.

Concerned cooking

For preparing your most liked foods use a pressure cooker as much as possible because it saves time and energy. If you own an electric stove, turn it off several minutes before the specified cooking time and make use of the remaining heat. Before you start cooking any items you’ve kept in the fridge, let them sit for 10 minutes on the counter to adapt to room temperature.

Cool and covered

There’s a whole bunch of things you can do to reduce on the power supply your fridge requests. To start with set the thermostat in medium cooling position and make sure there’s enough space between the wall and the fridge so that air can easily flow. Don’t overburden it and also don’t put any hot or warm foods straight into it. Always cover liquids and wrap foods because otherwise they’ll get wet and make the compressor work harder.

Switch it off

Even though you have turned the TV off after watching your favourite program it’s still eating up electricity in the ‘stand-by mode’. As a matter of fact all devices kept on ‘stand-by’ account for a whopping 5 percent of the city’s power consumption. So make sure to switch off these devices fully.

24 degrees is cool enough

A/Cs help us make it the sizzling summer months but they are also big time electricity suckers. The cooler it gets, the more power is being eaten. So instead of shock frosting your home at 18 degrees settle for a very secure 24 degrees and save some power.

Smart waves

Compared to a regular, stove a microwave oven consumes half as much energy. Except for baking breads and pastries, you do not have to preheat the microwave. Of course you want to examine if your food’s ready to be eaten. But don’t check too often because each time you open its door the temperature drops by 25 degrees.

 

A QUICK GUIDE TO FIRE SAFETY FOR YOUR HOME

April 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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SMOKE ALARMS

  • Have a working smoke alarm outside each resting area, inside each resting area, and on each level of your home.
  • Check smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Do not change the battery if you have a lithium battery. The alarm will discrete a periodic “chirping” sound when it needs a new battery.
  • Install smoke alarms away from air vents.
  • Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or wall, at least 4 inches from the corners.
  • When attached to walls, smoke alarms should be between 4 and 12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Never disable smoke alarm batteries.

GET AWAY PLANNING

  • Develop a fire get away plan with the members of your household and practice often.
  • Know two ways to leave from every room in your home.
  • Make sure that safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home.
  • Feel closed doors. If hot, use another exit.
  • Discover a place to meet outside in case of fire. Never re-enter a burning building.
  • Escape first. Then call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

FIRE SAFETY

  • Be sure your stove and small appliances are off before going to bed.
  • Keep clothes, blankets, curtains and other combustibles at least three feet from portable heaters.
  • Place portable heaters where they will not tip over easily.
  • Have chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a expert.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, flammables and decorative materials.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Always use a metal fine mesh screen with fireplaces and leave glass doors open while burning a fire.
  • Keep clothes, towels and other combustibles away from stove burners.
  • Never leave cooking untreated.
  • Check for frayed wires and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • Never overload electrical sockets.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children
  • Never leave cigarettes unattended.

 

Harvest the Rain

August 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Thirst is the primary nature of human being and thirst for water is necessity.Water is the fundamental element for nature’s existence. But our negligence is causing us water crisis. The major aspects of water crisis are the reduction in the availability of usable water and water pollution. We might think there is nothing we can do about this. A layman has very less reach to cure water pollution. We need the water we use; we can’t reduce the amount of water we use in our day to day life. And all other issues related to water crisis is government’s problem. We are not responsible!Rain Harvesting
We have examples of common folks taking this issue in hand and finding solutions that would delay or remove the crisis all together. Even before human knew that future generation would be depleting the water resources, our great ancestors had found a solution of water crisis. In 3 BC, Rain water harvesting was one of the modes of irrigation of communities from Baluchistan and Kutch. Later on, rainwater harvesting has been one of the major sources for irrigation in ancient India.
In the current scenario this method of collecting fresh water might be our only chance of having a sustainable future. There are many real estate developers who are foreseeing this and making sure that all their projects contain the rain water harvesting system installed. Pankaj Enclave in Trivandrum is one such Villa community, where you see the system live in action. The rain water is the purest form of water available on earth and each harvesting system has a mechanism to treat the water for any dust particles it would have absorbed during its journey from the sky to the roof. During the monsoons this system helps earth to recharge the ground water resources.
Rain water harvesting systems are cost effective and easy to install. We don’t have to wait for a builder to give us the facility. Everyone is capable of harvesting rainwater and everyone should be harvesting rain water so that there is a future generation and the human race is not extinct.

15 Ways to go green in your daily life

May 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Simple actions can change the world around you. If we work together, we can all play an active part in taking care of our environment and leaving a habitable world for future generations. Read on for 15 green living tips that will help us make a green home.

1. Say no to bottled water. Water is an excellent, healthy drink but drinking bottled water creates an extraordinary amount of waste. Did you know that it takes more than 17 million gallons of oil each year just to produce bottled water? That’s enough oil to fuel a million cars for an entire year. Instead, get a filter installed on your tap at home and buy a reusable jug to carry with you.

2. Get active. Instead of driving to your usual destinations, try walking, taking the bus or riding your bike. For every 4-mile trip you avoid taking you in your car, you can prevent approximately 15 pounds of air pollution from entering our atmosphere.

Walking

3. Green your clean. Many store-bought cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals that aren’t good 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 cleaners in your home today.

4. Get e-friendly. Most companies now have an online option for paying bills these days which creates a lot less paper waste. If every household in the US paid bills online, we could save 18 million trees each year.

5. 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!

6. Power down. It’s hard to believe, but lighting alone consists of 5-10 percent of total energy use. Save energy by turning off lights when you leave a room.

7. Make a light bulb switcheroo. By switching to fluorescent bulbs, you can dramatically reduce your energy needs. Did you know that if every family in the United States changed to fluorescent bulbs it would be equivalent to taking a million cars off the streets?

8. Get energy efficient. The next time you need to buy a household appliance make sure to purchase one that has the Energy Star label and you can reduce the amount of energy your family consumes dramatically.

9. Plant a tree. Trees produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and help clean the air and the soil of our planet. Without trees, we humans would not be able to exist here on Earth. Give a little something back to the planet by planting a tree in your backyard.

Plant A Tree

10. Green your beauty routine. Not only do green beauty products help protect the Earth, they’re better for your body too!

11. Eat local. Organically grown food may be healthy, but the environmental damage caused by transporting food long distances leaves a large and unnecessary carbon footprint. Studies show that a regional diet consumes 17 times less fossil fuels than a typical diet which includes foods shipped across the country. Try shopping at your local farmer’s market for some fresh and in-season goodies. Or better yet, plant a garden in your own backyard!

12. Conserve water. Did you know that for every minute you spend in the shower, you use 5 gallons of water? You can reduce your totally water usage dramatically by simply turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth and shortening your daily shower.

Water Usage

13. Recharge. Instead of buying lots of conventional batteries, switch to rechargeables and you will save the planet from a lot of hazardous waste.

14. Ditch the disposables. Sure, disposable packaging makes life easier in the short run, but unfortunately it creates a tremendous amount of unnecessary waste. Try buying reusable bags and containers to carry your lunch, groceries and other daily items.

15. Get creative. Before you throw anything away, think hard about how that item might be used again. Could you give it to a friend? Could it be repurposed into something else? Turn old maps and kids’ artwork into eco-friendly wrapping paper. Old T-shirts make great cleaning rags. Cereal boxes and egg cartons can be turned into arts and crafts supplies. Fill up your empty spaghetti jars with rice or other bulk grains. Old cards can be transformed into beautiful gift tags. The possibilities are endless!

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