Build weather proof houses and use less air-conditioning
India has come a long way when it comes to our living abodes but technologically we have gone backwards. In ancient India, we used to build houses so that they could be kept cool during summers and warm during winters. They were well insulated as there was no electricity to power the heating and cooling systems. Sadly, these practices have been completely ignored in the houses of today. If houses are built according to the air flow and well insulated, it will reduce the use of air conditioning and hence electricity.
Commercial buildings need to take the lead here as they have started moving towards fancy looking glass buildings. Glass traps the incoming heat inside and leads to higher cooling costs. Instead if they start using double layered glass, then the air trapped between the layers acts as an insulator thus lowering cooling costs.
Don’t waste food
Do you know one-third of all food on the planet is wasted? Cooking meals and optimising according to the needs will lead to less wastage of food and hence less pressure on earth.
Solar Water Heater
Most parts of India receive plenty of sunlight throughout the year. Hot showers consume a lot of electricity which is mostly generated by burning fossil fuels. Your hot showers are heating earth as well. Switch to solar water heater and save the planet!
Replace those incandescent bulbs
LED bulbs consume much less energy and are long lasting as well. The government of India sells LED bulbs at subsidised prices so that you don’t feel the pinch of the initial investment.
Researchers at the University of Oxford found that going vegan could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.
Joseph Poore, the lead author of the research says, “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.”
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