Living Green

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Posted on: April 25th, 2011. Filed under: Living Tips.

Bermuda is gradually making changes to make the Earth a better place to live. How do we do that?  Green Practices.  So what are green practices? It is all about following the natural ecological cycle and reducing wastes and recycling them.

When it comes to the environment, being a good island citizen starts at your doorstep. www.greenrock.org is a great website that gives you tips about alternative choices that are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable than those choices that exist today. From recycling to using alternative cleaning materials, minor changes at home can add up to real benefits for the planet, not to mention your own health and happiness

11 tips to make your House more Green from www.jsbi.blogspot.com


1. Green up your appliances. Getting rid of that old/second refrigerator in the house could save you a lot every year. Appliance use comprises about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill, with the fridge being one of the biggest energy hogs.

2. Watch the temperature. Almost half a home’s energy consumption is due to heating and cooling. Turn down the thermostat in cold weather and keep it higher in warm weather.

3. Save water. The Web site “Water — Use it Wisely,” created by a group of Arizona cities, lists 100 simple ways to save water. I’ll share just a few here: Put an aerator on all household faucets and cut your annual water consumption by 50%. Install a low-flow toilet. If you have an older model, adjust your float valve to admit less water into the toilet’s tank. Of course, you don’t need products to save water — behavioral changes also add up quickly: using a broom instead of the garden hose to clean your garden can save a lot of water and turning the water off when you brush your teeth will save 5 litres each time.

4. Clean green. Stop buying household cleaners that are potentially toxic to both you and the environment.
5. Let there be energy-efficient light. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.

6. Save a tree, use less paper.
7. Want wooden floors? Opt for bamboo. Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it replenishes itself

8. Reduce plastics, reduce global warming. Each year, we throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags — from grocery and trash bags to those ultra-convenient sandwich bags. Unfortunately, plastics are made from petroleum — the processing and burning of which is considered one of the main contributors to global warming. In addition, sending plastics to the landfill also increases greenhouse gases. Reduce, re-use and recycle your plastics for one of the best ways to combat global warming.

9. Use healthier paint. Conventional paints contain solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause smog, ozone pollution and indoor air quality problems with negative health effects. These unhealthy ingredients are released into the air while you’re painting, while the paint dries and even after the paints are completely dry. Opt instead for zero- or low-VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today.

10. Garden green. First, use compost instead of synthetic fertilizers. Compost provides a full complement of soil organisms and the balance of nutrients needed to maintain the soil’s well-being without the chemicals of synthetic fertilizers. And healthy soil minimizes weeds and is key to producing healthy plants, which in turn can prevent many pest problems from developing to begin with.

11. Using Public Transport. Usage of Public transport for your daily travel will not only save a lot of fuel but also reduce the CO2 emissions. For example, if 50 employees of a company drive to work by car – the fuel these 50 or so cars consume will be so enormous than what a public transport say bus/metro/train will need. Also, in places which have very poor public transport – the ideal case would be to consider car-pooling.