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Going green is a concept we are all too familiar with. Many clever innovations, either made from recyclable objects or non-harmful compositions can do wonders to preserve our environment. To those of you who are looking to turn your homes just a little greener, here are a few items worth looking into:
LED lights are approximately 80% more efficient compared to fluorescent and incandescent lights. While fluorescent lights convert 95% of energy into heat and only 5% to light, LEDs work the complete opposite – 95% light and 5% wasted heat.
The same level of light can also be achieved using LEDs, except you only need about 36 watts with the LED compared to the typical 84-watt fluorescent.
Available in various colours and sizes, LEDs are a good lighting alternative as it reduces power demand and carbon emissions.
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Water-Efficient Shower Heads
The shower is probably where we use most of our water source at home. If you’re using an older shower head model, chances are you are using more water than you actually need to.
An efficient shower head can cut your consumption into half. There are plenty of water-saving shower heads in the market that cater to various needs and preferences.
It is advisable to do a little research before purchasing one, so you get one that is ideal for your home.
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Eco-friendly Power Outlets
We’re all guilty of occasionally leaving our plugs on and even forgetting to switch or pull them off for hours at a time. The sole purpose of switching them off is to avoid the plugged-in object to continuously consume energy.
Energy-conserving power outlets are designed to change all that. There are innovations that enable you to simply twist a plug so that the energy flow stops.
Other inventions offer a remote control so you can simple switch off unused plugs without actually having to do it manually (in case you’re one of the more forgetful types).
Some can even self-monitor and notify you via your smartphone – the inventions are countless. A small step to take for reducing your carbon footprint.
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Energy Efficient TVs
With the green revolution at its all-time high, even television manufacturers are looking more and more into creating energy efficient products for their environmentally conscious customers.
If you’re on the lookout for a new TV set, consider purchasing one with energy-saving features (don’t forget to recycle your old set, of course).
Also, LED screens are a lot more energy-efficient compared to Plasma screens and will save you up till 3 to 4 times worth of energy.
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Solar Water Heaters
What better way to reduce your carbon footprint than utilizing the all-natural, power house we call the Sun?
This system works by installing panels in your roof. The panels collect heat and warms up the water you use which is stored in a hot water cylinder – over and out to your shower for a nice warm bath.
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