Don't shut down the computer if you don't want to, but at the very least, switch off the monitor. Get your child into the habit of switching off the monitor of the computer every time he steps out of the room, if he's going to be gone for more than ten minutes.
Are you buying a new printer for your home? There are numerous printers now that have the option of printing on both sides of the paper.
Make it a point to turn off all the lights before leaving your hotel room. Many of us don't really bother doing this, since we feel "We're paying for staying in the room, right? So lets run up the electricity bill really high!"
If you are planning to travel to a relatively untouched destination with your family, try to avoid carrying things that you will throw away a few days after reaching. Although the temptation to carry disposable items on holiday is always there, it is far better if you bring all your rubbish back with you, and dispose it off in your own home. Many travel destinations may not have adequate recycling facilities, and they soon start sinking under the load of excessive tourism. And if you must dispose off some rubbish, do so responsibly. Throw any rubbish you may have, in a bin. Don't litter, and be especially careful about disposing rubbish when you are on the beach, in the forest, or in some other natural habitat.
Tourism as an activity can cause a lot of harm to the environment, the culture and the eco-system of a place, so bear this in mind. Respect the sensibilities of the people that dwell in the villages you may be visiting.
Never forget the adage - save paper, save a tree. With the millions of people engaged worldwide in conservation activities, it seems a shame if we don't do our little bit to help the environment in whatever small way we can.
Avoid buying fruits and vegetables that are not in season, or that are not produced locally. If you make it a rule to purchase only locally made food items, it will save on immense transportation costs and fuel. In addition, local economy will see a boost.
Avoid the temptation of buying little plastic Ziplocs or plastic containers to store food in. Instead, store food in ceramic containers. Also, when preparing your child's tiffin, don't wrap his chapatti or sandwiches in tinfoil. If you must, use a thin muslin cloth instead.
- Stop asking for plastic bags from fruit and vegetable vendors, always carry cloth or recyclable bags.
- If yours and your spouse’s office are in the same area, try and use a common vehicle. You can also prefer carpooling. These habits can help to save a lot of fuel.
- For short-distance travel always use public transport or walk it down if possible. Walking is good for health.
- Recycle and reuse as much as you can.
- Do not throw leftover food. You can pass on the left over food to those who are in need.
- Take bath with the water collected in tumblers and avoid using showers to prevent water wastage.
- Make sure that you unplug your phone chargers, once the battery is full.
- Not only at home or office, but also at public places you must switch off the lights, fans etc; when no one is using them.
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