Firstly, what does reducing mean exactly? Well, simply put, it means that we should try to cut down on the amount of waste we produce at home. This waste usually comes in the form of wasted electricity, water, food and other products since a lot of these are wasted or thrown after they have been in the fridge for too long, or past their expiry date or simply don’t want to be used anymore. The best place to start the ‘reduce’ process is doing your groceries, where you can purchase lesser of better quality produce to reduce any related waste. Even if there is a good value deal on certain items, think about if you really want that much (will you need and use it, or just throw it away later?). You will find that often times, food items are kept in the kitchen for too long, after which they have to be thrown out. This is especially true during the summer So, before you spend on a large amount of food, be mindful how much you will actually need and use.
However, doing groceries is not the only place you can reduce your spending! In the house, it is a good idea to reduce the amount of electricity and water that you use. For example, a solar water heater reduces waste and helps in saving on electricity bills. On top of that, some government agencies in India will offer savings of up to INR 50 per month if you use such a solar water heater. If you already have one, and are looking for other methods to save electricity or water, you could simply reduce your electricity consumption by turning off all appliances when they are not in use, thereby reducing the amount of electricity and money; and turn off the taps when you don’t need the constant flow of water. You’d be surprised how much difference it makes; your wallet and the environment will thank you!
Every household uses water on a daily basis, which makes it a great area to reuse or recycle! This way, you can contribute to the environment, and save on your spending while doing it! Take for example the water that we normally consider waste, like the run off from kitchen sinks after washing dishes or even the bath water. All these can be reused and recycled, by simply watering your plants with it! It does not harm the plants, and is even great for controlling insects and bugs! Another tip is to make sure you are using a zero-waste water purifier, which helps to reduce the amount of water used! Lastly, one of the simplest yet most effective ways is to close the taps and showers when they are not being used. Letting them run may seem like a small amount of water being wasted, but it certainly adds up over time.
Did you know that it takes 70% less energy to recycle and reuse paper than it does to create paper from the necessary raw materials? This gives you an idea how much is wasted every year, and how many trees get cut just to make new paper – and paper is one of the easiest things we can recycle. In India, the main things we can recycle are paper, plastic, and glass – simply collect them after you have used them, and sell them to your local radi shop. This way, you are helping the environment, and making a little pocket money on the side!
Recycle ideas for home do not need to be restricted to saving or reusing paper, plastic, or glass! Think outside the box – everything that is left over from cooking a meal, such as vegetable skins or leftovers, can be used to make vegetable stock for recipes. Furthermore, in addition to selling plastic bottles to your local radi shop, you could get creative! Plastic bottles could easily be used to store certain items or liquids, and old clothes can easily be turned into kitchen rags. You see, there are a great number of things we can recycle when we get creative – perhaps you could even think of some methods of your own, make pouches out of old jeans, pillow covers with old dresses, you can even make sofa covers with your sarees! Plus, the internet is a great place to search for DIY tips, which you can use to recycle and reuse old items.