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Low Carbon Lifestyles at Home

This topic provides information about Low Carbon Lifestyles at Home that contains a list of practical climate friendly initiatives.

Switch to energy efficient devices

Lighting

  • Change just 5 lamps in your home to more energy efficient ones. By doing this, you can
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 37 to 278 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 37-278 kg is equivalent to 3-27 additional trees.
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 266 to Rs 2014

Electrical Appliances

Buy BEE 5 star rated appliances

  • Use a BEE 5 star rated refrigerator
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 101 kg
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by around Rs 730
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 101 kg is equivalent to 10 additional trees.
  • Use BEE 5 star rated split air conditioners (1.5 tons)
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 197 kg per air conditioner
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 197 kg is equivalent to 19 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 1428 per air conditioner.
  • Use BEE 5 star rated fans
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 46 kg on every fan
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 46 kg is equivalent to 4 additional trees.
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 334 on every fan

Go Solar

  • Power your home using solar photovoltaic energy -A 640 Wp Photovoltaic panel can power 5 tubelights and 3 fans for 300 days of the year
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 617 kg
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 4480
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 617 kg is equivalent to 61 additional trees
  • Switch to a solar inverter for your electricity requirements during power cuts - A 1 kWp photovoltaic panel generates 4 kWh power if there is sunshine for 5 hours. It occupies an area of around 10 m2
    • With a 1kWp system, reduce annual CO2 emissions by 984 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 984 kg is equivalent to 98 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 7140 for 25 years
  • Install a solar water heater
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 687 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 687 kg is equivalent to 68 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 4986
  • Do not buy voltage stabilizers for equipment that do not need them
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 359 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 359 kg is equivalent to 36 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bill by Rs 2606

Practice Energy Efficiency

  • Reduce the temperature setting on the geyser
    • Geysers come with a factory setting of 60°C but water at 40°C is enough for a comfortable bath
      • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 172 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 172 kg is equivalent to 17 additional trees
      • Reduce annual electricity bills by 1247
  • Use the geyser efficiently
    • Bathe in quick succession and don't keep the geyser on for longer than necessary
      • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 344 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 344 kg is equivalent to 34 additional trees
      • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 2493
  • Eat together
    • Heat food at one go to reduce unnecessary use of the microwave oven for just 5 mins a day
      • Reduce annual CO 2 emissions by 30 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 30 kg is equivalent to 3 additional trees
      • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 217
  • Use a cold cycle in the washing machine
    • Energy required to heat water for a hot wash cycle is high and therefore better avoided. Reduce just two hot wash cycles per week
      • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 64 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 64 kg is equivalent to 6 additional trees
      • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 464
  • Dry your clothes in the sun
    • Just one washload a week dried on a line instead of a dryer can make a difference
      • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 371 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 371 kg is equivalent to 37 additional trees
      • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 2692
  • Switch off all appliances at the plug point and not with a remote
    • Switch off the HD set top box at the plug point when you turn off the TV
      • Reduce annual CO 2 emissions by 135 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 135 kg is equivalent to 13 additional trees
      • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 977
  • Go out and play instead of watching TV or playing on a device
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 22 - 89 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 22-89 kg is equivalent to 2-9 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 159 - 643
  • Use a table lamp for studying. It provides better task based lighting
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 57 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 57 kg is equivalent to 5 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 413
  • Turn off lights and fans when not in use
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 26 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 26 kg is equivalent to 2 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 186
  • Do an hour of yoga instead of running on a treadmill
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 446 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 446 kg is equivalent to 44 additional trees
    • Reduce annual electricity bills by Rs 3238

Conserve Water

  • Install water efficient showers and faucets. Use water carefully
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 75 - 189 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 75-189 kg is equivalent to 7-19 additional trees
  • Change flush tanks in the bathrooms
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 39 - 99 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 39-99 kg is equivalent to 4-10 additional trees
  • Harvest Rainwater
    • Harvest 1000 litres per household per day over 40 days of rainfall
      • In half an hour, a rooftop of 100 m2 can harvest 1000 litres in a downpour of 25 mm/hr
      • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 27 - 68 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 27-68 kg is equivalent to 2-7 additional trees

Be Fuel Efficient

  • Regularly inflate vehicle tyres
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 140 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 140 kg is equivalent to 14 additional trees
    • Reduce annual fuel costs by Rs 3864
  • Switch off the ignition at traffic red lights
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 85 - 122 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 85-122 kg is equivalent to 8-12 additional trees
    • Reduce annual fuel costs by Rs 2532 - 3351
  • Driving at a steady 45 km/hr on highways gives you the best fuel economy
    • For a distance of 500 kms of highway driving
      • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 32 kg
      • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 32 kg is equivalent to 3 additional trees
      • Reduce annual fuel costs by Rs 356
  • Walk if you need to go short distance. Do not drive
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 9 - 63 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 9-63 kg is equivalent to 1-6 additional trees
    • Reduce annual fuel costs by Rs 271 - 1712

Reduce Waste

  • Do not waste food
    • Reduce food waste by just 1 kg/day
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 118 - 470 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 118 - 470 kg is equivalent to 11-47 additional trees
  • Carry a reusable bag when you go shopping. Refuse additional packaging and reuse bags as much as possible
    • Reduce just one paper or plastic bag a day
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 11 - 28 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 11 - 28 kg is equivalent to 1-2 additional trees

Practice fuel efficiency in the kitchen

  • Use the pressure cooker daily
    • Reduce annual CO2 emissions by 135 kg
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 135 kg is equivalent to 13 additional trees
    • Reduce annual fuel costs by Rs 1265
  • Use fuel efficient cooking methods
    • Reduce gas usage by 20 mins a day per household
    • Reduce gas usage by 20 mins a day per household
    • Annual CO2 emission reduction of 67 kg is equivalent to 6 additional trees
    • Reduce annual fuel costs by Rs 632
  • Use fuel efficient biomass cookstoves. Reduce usage of wood and time
    • Reduce annual CO2 equivalent emissions by 1220 kg per household
  • Fuel efficient cooking techniques:
    • Cover cooking pots and pans with lids
    • Reduce the flame once food starts boiling
    • Use optimum quantity of water for cooking
    • Keep all ingredients ready and at hand before turning on the gas
    • Use broad bottom vessels
    • Allow refrigerated food to come to room temperature before heating it
    • Clean the burners regularly
    • Soak rice, dal etc. for some time before cooking
    • Eat together so that food is not heated multiple time

Source : Toolkit on Low Carbon Lifestyles

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