Here's How Indian Homes Are Going Green
Indian cities are witnessing a continuous rise in the pollution levels with every passing year. According to a recent report Pollution Index 2017 by Numbeo of 329 cities listed from across the globe, as many as 50 are in India. In times when the world and especially Indian cities are struggling to fight pollution, it is time that households contribute their bit to achieve a healthy environment.
Many Indian homes are now slowly and gradually are now turning green. This trend is visible across the country but homes in the southern cities including Kerala, Hyderabad and Bengaluru take the lead of turning green.
If you are also planning to turn your home eco-friendly, MakaaniQ lists some of the ways in which you could achieve this:
With those planning to construct a home of their home, you could opt for eco-friendly material. Bamboo has emerged as an option Indian homes are adopting for the construction of the property. It is also an excellent substitute for wood. The tensile strength of bamboo is higher than steel and is bamboo economically feasible, too. Apart from bamboo, Indian homes are using bricks made of soil and stone dust. These bricks are made of a mixture of soil and stone dust which is dried under the sun for a month. This process saves on the energy required to burn the bricks and transport them.
Reduced use of paints
Indian homes are reducing the use of paints which help lower the spread of lead in the air. Some Indian homes cover around 50 per cent of walls with plaster and paint. Also, plaster is not used on the outside walls of the home. This will save cement, sand and water.
Indian homes are using Kota tiles or clay tiles for flooring instead of the usual mosaic tiles. The roofs of the homes are made out of cement concrete and terracotta sandwich tiles. These are not only eco-friendly, keep the home cool but also are cheaper when compared to conventional tiles.
Provision to save water
Indian homes are adopting rainwater harvesting system. Many homes in Kerala, Bengaluru and Chennai are using grey water recycling system. This system treats wastewater and makes it user friendly for washing clothes, landscaping, cleaning cars and toilet flush tanks.
Harness the solar
Installing solar panels is another way Indian homes are going green. People are also adopting solar-powered appliances including water heater and even solar lights. This will save electricity.
Keep the home naturally cool
Homes made using mud blocks will keep the temperature of the home naturally cool. Also, use of skylight in Indian homes assures that the temperature of the home gets cooler by three to four degrees. This will eventually help in lowering the electricity bills.
Use discarded items
Many residents in India are using discarded pinewood packing cases for creating windows, staircase, kitchen cupboards and book shelves. Using fittings from demolished homes and wood from scrap dealers is a great way to create an eco-friendly home.