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1. CHANGE YOUR BULBS Replace incandescent bulb with compact Fluorescent lambs (CGL) these consume one-quarter of the electricity.

2. USE SOLAR DEVICES to heat water for bathing – such heaters have got better over the years.

3. Construct Green Building not the color of the wall, silly. If you are planning to build a house or an office complex, hire an architecture who could work out ways to optimize the use of energy. The structure could simply have better insulation to retain heat in winter. Also, avoid huge glass walls so that you don’t spend more on air-conditioning during the summer.

4. TURN COMPUTTERS OFF when not in use. They consume as much electricity as thee 60watt bulbs, so avoid the standby mode.

5. SWITCH OFF THE LIGHTS while sleeping or when office shuts down. You will be surprised by the amount of energy save.

6. CONSERVE WATER use sprinklers or drip-irrigation devices for wearing your lawns or growing crops. The days of wasteful flow of water are over.

7. Check Your Tyre maintaining the right degree of pressure in car and motorcycle tyres improves on mileage considerably and saves fuel.

8. Buy emergency – efficient appliances Next time you buy an iron, an oven, a refrigerator or eve an air-conditioner, opt for models by manufactures whose USP is energy efficient. It will cut your electricity bills and India’s emission levels.

9. PREPARE FOR DISASTER dengue and diarrhea cases are expected to rise. Ensure that your local hospitals are well equipped to handle imminent crisis so that recovery is quick and there is minimum loss of life.

10. BUY FUEL-EFFICIENT CARS Agreed , we are no like the Americans who love guzzlers. But its time to renew our awareness about fuel efficiency, not just to save energy but to beat the rise in petrol prices as well. For very liter of petrol consumed, about four kg of carbon dioxide gets injected into the atmosphere. Think about it.

11. Walk Dont Drive if you have to buy a packet of chips, don’t drive to the store next door-take walk. If you must drive, combine a lot of chores.

12. REDUCE AIR TRAVEL if you have the option of getting work done over the phone or email, then go ahead. It would save you money and the world a whole lot of carbon emissions.

13. TURN THE GEYSER OFF after a bath so that water is heated only when you need it. Also good quality shower heads ensure the flow of water is low but efficient. Thereby conserving energy.

14. Consume Less No, we are not expecting you to turn a yogi but there is no need to go to the other extreme wither. When you are about to buy something, ask yourself whether you really need it.

15. TURN THE TAP OFF while soaping your face or shaving. Don’t let the water flow unnecessarily. Water is going to be a scare commodity if you don’t learn to conserve it now.

16. RECYCLE Indians don’t need to be told this we are the best recyclers. But it’s good to be reminded of its virtues, lest we forget.

17. SWITCH TO WIND POWER okay. We are no expecting you to put a windmill. On top of your house. But if you are setting up a factory in an SEZ or living in a small town. You could champion the case for installing windmills for most of the electricity generated for use.

18. SHUN PLASTIC BAGS although it’s an old advice, no one really listens. Carry a reusable tote while shopping. It will help reduce emissions from decaying plastic bags in landfills.

19. USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT don’t drive down to the office. Take a metro instead. Also avail the train when you are travelling to another city. Push the government to improve public transport facilities – it needs goading.

20. SAVE PAPER if you want to convey something to your friend, do it over the phone or e-mail. Get off the Indian habit of putting everything on paper. Thousands of trees would be saved.

21. RATIONALIST PRICE OF ELECTRICITY with electricity being supplied for free in many bothers to install energy-efficient pump sets. Or for that matter to put off the switches when not using them. Energy shortage is going to be the norm in the age of global warming. So haul up politicians for indulging in populism and educate villagers on the virtues of paid power.

22. GROW MORE TREES Trees are the best sinks for carbon dioxide. If every human being planted one. We would have six billion trees growing. That could take away thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

23. SWITCH TO BIO FUELS start looking seriously at cars that run on alternative fuels. A whole range from bio diesel to ethanol is being readied. Be among the first to drive one of them.

24. Demand clean tech just as in HIV/AIDS, for which nations agreed to drop prices of drugs to suit every pocket. Get the government to persist on developed countries to sell clean technology to India cheap so that we can cut down on our emissions without paying a heavy price for research and development.

25. Let others know you may be conserving the natural resources but if your neighbor isn’t you are still a goner. Educate others.

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