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Use the green power
Move to renewable sources of energy. Buy devices that are more energy efficient. It will be easier on your pocket in the long run and you will recover the initial slightly higher cost in no time. Move to CFLs from incandescent bulbs can make a great difference in energy consumption.
When leaving rooms, make sure you switch off the fan, lights and other appliances. Unplug your mobile phone charger as soon as its done charging.It helps to switch off TV and music systems even though they have a sytandby function. Some countries have made it mandatory for all new appliances to do away with the standby button.

Be automobile-wise
Keep your cars well tuned. Do not idle your car for long periods.
Cycle or walk to your school if its walking distance. Do the same for your neighbourhood market. Remember walking is a good exercise.
Use public transport and carpool wherever possible.
Get your car emission level checked at regular intervals for efficient performance.
Remove extra weights from your vehicle to reduce the fuel consumption.
Make sure that you carry drinking water before setting off so that you are not dehydrated on the way. While buying bottled water is convenient, it has a big carbon footprint.
Though it takes more time, train journeys are kinder to the planet’s health than swooping around in aircrafts.

Improve your surroundings
Plant trees. Our green friends are the best ways to trap and fix carbon to the ground and prevent it from damaging the atmosphere. These activities will not only transform you in to an eco-warrior, they will also be light on our pockets.
Do your weekly grocery shopping while going out on an errand or while returning from work rather than making special trips.
Make sure that the garbage is segregated into biodegradable and non-biodegradable, collected regularly and disposed in the correct manner.
Generate as little waste as possible-especially paper.
Buy products with the least possible packaging to reduce waste.

Other practices
A considerable portion of greenhouse emissions relates to the production of food, its packaging, and its transport to market. Choices of food depend on factors like— health, costs, cultural and religious considerations, ethical concerns, and little understood personal cravings and temptations. Greenhouse and energy related concerns are normally considered secondary when it comes to personal food choices. Vegetarian or quasi-vegetarian diet is less consumptive of energy. Hence, its important to
Eat wisely. Choose foods that are local, organic and low on the food chain whenever possible.
While exotic fruits and vegetables from different countries are enticing, their transportation leaves a carbon trail. Eat local food.
Compost organic waste.
Recycle paper and other recyclable items.
Spread the message across and make a strong network of green crusaders to bring a change at our levels.

 

 

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