Reuse, recycle and reduce waste is the motto of this century as we witness precious resources depleting. One primary aim of recycling is to ensure that every household object, which can act as a source of energy is completely used, so that the amount of waste sent to landfill areas and the use of fresh material used to create more such goods are reduced.
Recycled material and reduced energy costs
It is human nature to expect material incentives for every voluntary action. So, if recycling for saving resources for future generations and save the planet appear as overreaching ideas, here’s an idea closer to home and heart – you can save a lot of green bucks. Using recycled materials can reduce the energy consumption costs for manufacturers besides earning them concessions from Government. Objects such as aluminum, plastic, paper and glass can be recycled and reused.
For instance, aluminum can be used repeatedly with very little processing and the same holds true for paper and glass too. Though plastic can be remolded, it becomes unusable after repeated use, but recycling plastic consumes only one tenth of the energy required to create new plastic from raw material.
Recycling in the household
Recycling initiatives within the household is a great way to teach kids the value of everything they own besides cutting down unwanted expenses with simple solutions. For instance, instead of firewood to light the fireplace, you can use Eco bricks which contain sawdust, rice husks, groundnuts, maize cobs and other such cleaner burning option. You can install solar energy appliances or a windmill to utilize these natural sources of energy for powering your house. This will also help in cutting down energy bills.
Cost of going green
For industries, going green means costs go down as they earn carbon footprints which help them save a lot through concessions. At household level, installing energy saving appliances which have received 5-star ratings will help reduce energy bills. Installing additional energy conserving resources such as solar panels or windmill may have high initial investment, but it pays itself off soon.
Some green initiatives such as reusing broken objects at home or adopting some green practices such as segregating dry and wet waste or putting off switches when appliances are not being used can help conserve energy naturally.