15 sustainable hacks to save resources and bills

by Ami
(Bangalore, India)

Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life. Making big changes to reduce the carbon footprint is not a feasible idea for everyone. Here are 15 quick fixes that you can inculcate in your daily life to nourish natural living. These tiny changes can make a huge impact not only in saving resources but also saving your bills.



1. Recycle and upcycle instead of discarding. What about that old wood cabinet that can be refurbished with a DIY paint? Or mason jars that can be used as lamps? With a few tools, how-to book and enthusiasm, you can get makeovers to your home for cheap.

2. CFL it is. A change from traditional bulbs to CFL can conserve energy significantly.

3. Ditch the plastic: switch to reusable cloth bags that you take along whenever you shop. Same for plastic bottles.

4. Lower your thermostat and check the temperature of your hot water: Just reducing the thermostat setting by a few degrees can lead to significant savings.

5. Setting air conditioning to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during summer provides adequate cooling while saving on energy bills.
6. Water Conserving: Low flow faucets, toilets, showerheads are few of the ways that you can use while building a green home.
7. Insulate walls and ceiling to aid heating and save on energy costs.

8.Install double-glazed windows, or thermal-backed curtains if double-glazing is exorbitant.

9.Motion-sensing switches that turn themselves off when the room is empty should be a definite add-on.

10.Plant deciduous shade trees to cut summer cooling bills. Put them on the west and east sides of the house to let light in during the winter.

11. Bike, walk, car-pool and use public transit.

12. Turning vegetarian and vegan has its own health benefits. Meat, eggs and dairy products require a large amount of land, water, and other resources to produce than they return in food value.
13. Store rainwater; use your roof as the collector. It’s clean, it’s free, it’s great for your garden and most importantly it doesn’t require electricity to pump up.

14.Low-flush toilets that drop from six gallons per flush to one and a half are a wise way to save money as well as water, by cutting utility bills and/or septic tank service calls.

15.Use natural home products. From organic bedding to bamboo brushes. There’s a lot to be desired in a green home.



BIO:

Ami Sata is the founder of Amouve, an organic bedding brand. Amouve seeks to provide luxurious sleep to consumers and a debt-free livelihood to the Indian cotton farmer. (www.amouve.com)

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