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Ecotips for a more sustainable life

Ecotips for a more sustainable life

# 1 THE WATER

Water is an essential resource and increasingly difficult to obtain. Only 2.5% of the total water on the planet is drinking water and only 0.025% is easily accessible surface water. Let's become aware and make responsible use of it. Taking short showers, closing the faucet while brushing our teeth, repairing water leaks, and even washing the car with a bucket and sponge are some tips to take care of the water.

# 2 ENERGY

It is important to use electricity responsibly. Use low-consumption lamps or LEDs, turn off the lights when leaving a room and do not forget to do the same with all the environments that you are not using. Make the most of the sunlight, so you can turn on the lights later. This will be reflected in your energy bill.

# 3 THE WASHING MACHINE

When it comes to washing clothes, you can save water and electricity, using cold water for washing, always with a full drum and drying the clothes in the sun.

# 4 THERMAL INSULATION

The correct thermal insulation in openings, walls and ceilings, will save energy in cooling and heating, avoiding unnecessary expenses.

# 5 WASTE

We are all generators of waste, and it is our obligation to separate it properly. The separation in origin implies a change of habits at home. The use of green bags for inorganic disposable materials is a simple but very important action in caring for the environment, starting recycling at home. Do not throw garbage on the street, in addition to polluting, you plug the ducts and you can generate floods. Minimize the use of plastic containers and bottles.

# 6 RECYCLE

Recycling is one of the keys to caring for the environment. Use recyclable bags to do your shopping, choose returnable packaging and buy products that use recycled paper, which consumes between 70% and 90% less energy and avoids deforestation. In addition, it is important to reduce paper consumption by printing only what is necessary.

# 7 APPLIANCES

Verifying the energy labeling that orders the electrical appliances according to the efficiency classes will allow us to choose the best performing equipment. But also, it is important to turn off all the devices when we are not using them, since stabilizers or stand-by modes also consume electricity.

# 8 COMPOST

Organic compost is the result of the decomposition of organic matter, and it is obtained in a completely natural way: leaves, grass, vegetables, straw, pruned branches; ashes, coffee or tea, infusions with included paper, boiled eggshells, fruits, vegetables, newspapers not printed in color, etc.

# 9 BE ENVIRONMENTAL PROMOTERS

Promoting ecological practices such as planting a tree, helps reduce pollution, oxygenates the air, refreshes the environment and protects the soil. It is also important to water the plants at night or very early in the morning, this way the sun will take longer to evaporate the water and give the plants time to absorb it.


# 10 TRANSPORTATION

Using the car less, sharing trips with colleagues who have common schedules and destinations, walking or cycling, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions, can improve our health, traffic, and environmental pollution. The bicycle is the most energy efficient means of transport, it is fast and keeps you in shape. Walking is an option to save money, exercise, and improve air quality. Get into this habit!

Take advantage of new technologies and use the Internet and email to hold business meetings and thus avoid unnecessary travel.

Change vehicle tires only when necessary and always give them a correct arrangement, remember that they are made with highly polluting materials.

# 11 PAINTINGS

When you go to paint your walls, look for paints based on water, vegetable oils, or latex. Oil-based paint generates polluting gases as it dries.

# 12 COMPANIES AND COLLECTIVES

There are many organizations that want to create a sustainable environment for the future. Find out who are the people in your community who want to achieve this goal. Write to businesses to promote green and sustainable development policies.

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