Going Green: Ways To Conserve Energy And Reduce Waste At Home

There are many things that can be done to conserve energy and reduce waste in the home. Simple daily tasks can be modified to accomplish these tasks.

Ways to Reduce Food Wastage at Home

  • Buy exactly what is needed when shopping
  • Create meal plans and shop according to the plan
  • Reuse leftover fruit and vegetables when possible
  • Make a compost for fuit and vegetable waste that can not be reused
  • When buying in bulk, buy food items that will be consumed in a hurry
  • Freeze items for use at a later date

Ways to Reduce General Wastage in the Home

  • Use cloth napkins and towels as alternatives to paper towels
  • Invest in plastic food storage containers instead of using plastic bags
  • Use cloth reusable grocery bags when going shopping
  • Sort garbage into categories and take to respective recycling centres
  • Wherever possible, buy household products in bulk
  • When cooking, match the pan size to the burner size

Ways to Conserve Energy By Using Less Electricity

  • Turn off lights when exiting a room and when a room is not occupied
  • Turn off and unplug appliances and electronic devices when not in use
  • Use energy saving fluorescent light bulbs instead of standard incandescent light bulbs
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances and electronic devices
  • Use solar lamps to light outside of the house instead of electric lamps
  • Check the seals on refrigerator doors regularly

How to Conserve Energy When Washing Laundry

  • Wash and dry full loads. If a small load is necessary, adjust the water level to suit
  • Use the right amount of detergent. Too many soap suds will require additional rinsing which equals more water
  • Take advantage of the sun and hang clothes outdoors instead of using the dryer
  • Dry towels and heavy cotton in a separate load from lighter clothes.
  • Pre-soak heavily soiled clothing to avoid second washes

How To Reduce Water Wastage in the Home

  • Consider taking showers instead of baths
  • Close taps and faucets tightly to prevent water leakage
  • Use rain water for both indoor and outdoor uses – eg. watering the garden, washing the car
  • Install water efficient toilets – eg. low flush tanks
  • Install water efficient taps and faucets
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or washing dishes
  • Check taps, faucets and pipes regularly for leaks

Make Use of the Natural Elements at Home

  • The sun. Solar panels can be used to trap the sun’s rays. The trapped energy can be used to heat water for bathing and provide power to a home.
  • The wind. The installation of windmills and wind turbines vanes can generate enough electricity to run a home
  • Rain water. This is a vital water supply that can be used to water plants, wash the car, flushing toilets, laundering and cleaning