It is important to reduce the green house gases in the atmosphere as a first step in saving the environment. Water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane are some of the greenhouse gases. Green house gases are emitted into atmosphere by either nature or anthropogenic emission. The anthropogenic emission of green house gases is mainly because of activities such as burning of coal, farming practices, and deforestation.
Measures to Reduce Green House Effect at Home
Instead of waiting for others to take the first step, one can always do his or her bit to prevent greenhouse effect right away. Therefore, start following “greener” practices at your home, and do not forget to convince your friends and relatives regarding the impact of increased green house gases on the atmosphere and the need to reduce them. To reduce greenhouse effect, the following measures can be practiced at home.
Eco friendly Life Style: Maintaining an eco-friendly life style is one of the greatest ways by which the humans can save Mother Nature. Use bottles, cans, and newspapers that can be recycled as the first step to preserve natural resources such as trees, oil, land, and elements like aluminum. Use eco-friendly bio fertilizers instead of chemical fertilizers.
Use Local Products: Products available in the markets are usually imported from distant countries, which require large oil burning. Therefore, to reduce this use locally produced goods.
Use of Public Transportation Facility: A major percentage of carbon dioxide emission is from private vehicles. It is advisable to use public transportation facilities or other “greener” alternatives such as walking and cycling; these steps significantly help in controlling the release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
Maintain a Garden at Home: One can even do his bit by maintaining a good vegetable as well as fruit garden. Most of the vegetables and fruits in the shops are from distant places. So, if fruits and vegetables are grown locally, we can save fuel costs to a considerable extent.
Reduce the Usage of Electricity: Careful usage of electricity is very important. Do not forget to turn off and unplug the electronic appliances that not in use.
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances: Buy and use appliances with Energy Star label; this will reduce green house gas emission to a significant extent.
Plant Trees: Trees absorb carbon dioxide—one of the greenhouse gases—for photosynthesis. Plant trees and maintain them.
Use Solar Energy: Solar energy can be used for generating electricity, heating water, and cooking purpose; this saves electricity and reduces the release of green house gases into the air.
Reduce the Disposal of Harmful Waste Materials: Reduce the use of food products, toys, papers, and magazines that require considerable energy for their production and disposal. Instead, consider options such as online subscription of magazines or seek “green” environment-friendly alternatives for the things that you use daily.