14 NOVEMBER, 2019

A house is not just a building made of bricks and concrete, but it is your place in this world. From celebrations to routines, your home witness so many important moments of your life. Either you belong to a nuclear family or big joint families, your house influences every person living inside it. That is why maintaining a healthy environment in your home is crucial for the wellbeing of every individual residing in it.

Increasing pollution and global warming are taking a toll on human life as well as the environment. The effects of these phenomena are disastrous, and so, the entire world is taking major steps for sustainable development of every life-form on this planet.

Everywhere in the world, activists and NGOs are encouraging people to change their lifestyles and adopt environment-friendly ways of living. You can also incorporate these changes to your lifestyle and lead a healthy life. These smaller things will not only help you to improve your individual health but also have a long-lasting positive impact on every member living in your house.

Here are tips that can ensure a healthy environment in your house.

Decreasing the Use of Processed Food

Although food having artificial colours and flavours appears attractive and tastes better, but it is harmful in the long run. The flavours and colours are made of various chemicals that can be harmful, especially to children. You can replace such items from your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables.

The nutritional value of the whole-food is intact as it has never been subjected to any chemical processes. Moreover, they contain vitamins and minerals, which in turn enhance immunity and improves your health.

Checking Your House Thoroughly

You may not know that the paints used for a home contains harmful chemicals like lead that can lead to severe damage to various body functions. The old paints on the wall are one of the main sources of lead. You must thoroughly check your house to know whether there are traces of lead anywhere.

Rainwater Harvesting

This is an excellent way which will help you to improve your life and environment around you. As you know, the problem of water scarcity has become prominent in many Indian cities. Rain-harvesting is like your individual effort to reduce this situation. By fitting a rain harvesting plant in your house, you will be restoring groundwater by using rainwater. This helps to maintain the groundwater level and prevents soil erosion.

Using Good-Quality Material for House

Electronic appliances made of good-quality material reduce the emission. Besides, they reduce the wastage, as you do not need to change them regularly. Moreover, such material is made by considering the environmental norms and thus, they reduce wastage of energy and perform well for a long time.

In India, the government is also using this way by ordering property developers to integrate good quality material in construction of houses. They have ordered to use environment-friendly material to build the houses under the PMAY Scheme.

Using Renewable Energy Resources

The forms of renewable energy like sun, wind and tides, etc. that are available to us in more quantity than non-renewable energy resources like fossil oil or electricity. They are also called as clean energy resources because their carbon footprint on the environment is negligible. That is why many people are preferring them by installing solar panels in their houses. These panels absorb solar energy and convert this energy into electric energy for the entire house.

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