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This Wednesday!

Here is what you need to do!
Plantation drives, river cleaning initiatives, neighbourhood cleanliness movements – World Environment Day (June 5) is commemorated by doing the same old activities, year after year. It’s encouraging to see people making such efforts but that shouldn’t stop us from being environment friendly and cautious for the rest of the 364 days, right?

Here, we tell you a few interesting ways in which you can contribute to the environment. You won’t believe you weren’t doing these already!

Some results
A typical year of incoming mail for a user – sending, filtering and reading - creates a carbon footprint of around 135 kg. That's equal to driving 360 kilometers in an average car.

Did you know that an astonishing 78 percent of all incoming emails are spam? Around 62 trillion spam messages are sent every year, requiring the use of 33bn kilowatt hours (KWh) of electricity and causing around 20 million tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year.

Alarming, isn’t it? So what are you waiting for? Use your spam facility efficiently.

Clean it!
Everybody wants to keep her fridge spick and-span. Are you also cleaning your freezer regularly? Well, the next time you empty your freezer, remember that a full freezer uses less energy than an empty one. Yes, that’s true!

If your freezer is empty, the cold air escapes and the warm air takes its place every time you open the door. The fridge has to work almost double the time to cool it again. So what can you do? Simple, fill zip lock bags with water and stuff your freezer.

This has two advantages:
■ The stocked up ice will not allow the cool air to escape – so the fridge doesn’t have to work extra time and energy is saved
■ The ice filled bags will keep the fridge cool during power cuts

Shed that extra weight
No, we are not talking about your body weight. It’s the extra BOOT weight we are on with. Are you still carrying that flat tyre in your car? Is the luggage from your last trip to your friend’s place still in there?

It’s high time you empty that boot. Why? Well, because by keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones, you are reducing your car’s mileage. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight (relative to the vehicle’s weight) and affects smaller vehicles more than the bigger ones.

Clay it up!
The airborne chemicals released during painting and after the paint is dry are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Do you know that VOCs are big contributors to indoor air pollution? Here’s an alternative. Clay paint, one of the most commonly available natural paints. Composed of earth-based minerals, it mostly uses water as a solvent. If you enjoy earthy smells and colours, a coat of organic clay paint may be a good choice for your home!

You have more ideas?
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