Demand for Eco-Friendly Homes in Bangalore
Feb06

Demand for Eco-Friendly Homes in Bangalore

Eco-friendly homes have become a popular fad in the recent years. With natural resources getting thinner day by day, you now have the option for getting your house powered by the simple and renewable resources, such as, the wind, water and sun. In the construction of your house the use of biodegradable plastic, cardboard and wood keeps the environment clean, and also takes care that the energy in your house is not wasted. This is what it means to build eco-friendly homes. An eco-friendly home thus guarantees that we have an improved lifestyle, while we save the precious resources of energy for our future generations. What is an Eco-friendly Home? The main objective of an eco-friendly home is to reduce the consumption of natural resources as far as possible. Doing so, would keep in check the depletion of natural, non-renewable resources. Also eco-friendly homes aim towards keeping a cleaner environment by reducing the waste. The Features: Location: The location is a huge factor when it comes to building an eco-friendly home. Home buyers must make sure that you have the necessary material available near your home location. This helps in reducing the pollution and the cost of construction, as you/your builder will not be traveling to faraway markets to purchase the construction materials. Use of Natural Resources Features like natural cooling and heating is a great option for eco-friendly homes. The windows and doors of a building are positioned in the right directions that the ventilation is buoyant, which reduces the need for using lights and fans, during summers and keeps the home warm in winters. Energy Efficient Another key aspect of eco-friendly homes is energy efficiency. With the use of solar panels and rain water harvesting methods, buildings can reduce the use of electricity and thus the use of non-renewable coal. Similarly, wind and water turbines can be used to power houses; provided it is easily available in your region. Water Conservation and Waste Management In the water harvesting method, large cement bins are constructed on top of the roofs to hold and store rain water and supply it to a tank for later use. The rain water harvested water can be used for watering the plants in your garden, for household chores, and also for drinking (if treated). This methodology saves the highly essential commodity of water and drastically reduces the water bills, too. The sewage plants present in many eco-friendly complexes helps in the proper disposal of sewage, thus keeping the home and the surroundings clean and healthy. Constricting an eco- friendly home is the latest trend due to its surmounting benefits, low-cost of construction and...

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Going Green Tips For Eco Friendly House Living
Jan06

Going Green Tips For Eco Friendly House Living

Who said that being eco-friendly means BIG expenditure and HUGE transformations in the way you live or function?  On the contrary, it is surprisingly easy and effortless to introduce GREEN elements in your daily life, provided you know how to do it right. Incorporate the changes gradually and within just 3 months, you can bring down the impact on the environment and feel good while saving money! Here below are some going green tips for eco-friendly house. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs: Compact fluorescent light bulbs can help you to save significant amounts of energy. So, switching to them makes complete sense. What’s more, incandescent bulbs are almost on the brink of being obsolete, so the sooner you change the better. Turn down water heater temperature: Ideally, keep the temperature of the water heater at 150°F or 50°C. For non-insulated heaters simply wraparound insulating blanket to conserve the heat generated. If you are using a gas-powered heater, make sure that your blanket doesn’t cover up the air vents and cause accidents. Get energy audits done: Both independent contractors and utility people can conduct an energy audit for you. This is a great way to identify points of maximum energy waste and the places where you need to toughen up the insulation. By following their suggestions who knows, you may even get discounts on the electricity bills. Adjust cooling/heating based on season: Ideally, you should invest in a programmable thermostat for the heating system in your home. It will turn down the heat when the house is vacant and at night time too. To complement your heating system, use shades for trapping heat inside the home during the winters and keep it out during summers. Turning off should be the byword in your houses: Everyone from children to adults should make it a point to switch off lights in the rooms when leaving. Similarly, turn off your appliances after use. By neglecting this, you are wasting energy, liberating carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, and increasing your utility bills. Also, only purchase appliances having an Energy Star rating. Say YES to use of power strips: Everybody in your family should use power strips. This is true for every gadget having a transformer box or a digital readout, such as DVDs, computers, iPods, TVs, adding machines, microwaves, coffee maker and phone chargers. Why not go for eco-friendly commute: Is your transportation pattern, leaving behind big carbon footprints? If different members of your family are, using separate vehicles to reach their destination you can try carpooling or avail public transport instead. For both recreation and work, if possible you can use a bicycle....

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Winterize Your Home – Electricity Saving Tips
Dec19

Winterize Your Home – Electricity Saving Tips

Mercury is falling and you can feel the chill in the air. Yes, winter is approaching. As we put off fans and air conditioners and turn on the heat, most of us don’t realize how much we are spending to keep ourselves warm. It is winter, but you will still wonder why your electricity bills aren’t dropping. Surprising but true, hundreds of efforts done to winterize your home actually end up in higher electricity bills. And you are actually posing a threat to the environment with high energy consumption. So, how can you be warm and comfortable inside your home while cutting off those seasonally high electricity bills? Here are some fantastic electricity saving tips to winterize your home and make it warm and cozy, conserve energy, and prevent global warming at the same time. Check Your Home’s Insulation In an older home, insulating the attic is perhaps one of the most cost-effective ways to cut down home heating costs. Many homes are built with little or no insulation and hence, large amount of heat is lost through floors, walls, and ceilings. You can also insulate the attic hatch or door or weather-strip it to prevent warm air from escaping from the top of the house. Cover or seal all holes such as ventilations, open wall tops and duct, electrical or plumbing runs that are a big energy waster. Insulating your home may not only keep your home warm and cozy, but also prevent energy wastage. Check for Leaks     Leaks and improperly sealed houses can lead to almost 10-15% of your heating bills. To save energy and keep your home warm, follow these tips: Check whether your windows are leaking because they have the maximum chance of doing so. If yes, replace them with new and more efficient ones. Though replacing windows can be expensive, you can think in the long run how it can save your energy bills in winters to come  Check windows and doors for drafts and leaks. If you find holes that are causing heat to escape, add caulk or weather-strip, and seal the doors properly Every wire, duct or pipe that goes through the ceiling, wall or floor can cause energy wastage. To prevent this, seal all these with weather-stripping or caulking Thoroughly examine the ducts for any leaks. Over the time, the ducts can become crushed, torn or flattened, causing warm air to escape without you even knowing about it Check the Heating System Often, an old heating system may be the main culprit eating away a major portion of your electricity bill. Here are some tips to ensure your heating system...

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Energy Saving Tips – Help for The Home
Nov30

Energy Saving Tips – Help for The Home

Showing your concern for the environment begins with small gestures mostly at the personal level. It can be something quite simple yet with far reaching consequences as replacing all the light bulbs in your home with energy saving compact fluorescent varieties. As the saying goes, Charity begins at home! So if you want to do something worthwhile for the environment, begin with small, almost imperceptible steps toward saving energy. Turn off the lights and plug appliances that are not in use. This way you will be able to,     Reduce your utility bills significantly     Help protect the environment     Improve your comfort level Here are some effective energy saving tips from the experts at Umang Realtech! No giant leaps mind you, just simple practical steps to get you on the way towards bigger benefits. 1.    Ensure proper home insulation: Wastage of energy mainly results from insufficient insulation. Hot or cold air leaking outside signifies that it’s time to do something to stop this waste. It puts pressure on heating or cooling system reflected in high, energy bills. The focus should be on crawl spaces, attics, ceilings, walls, and floors where leaks are mostly present. Measured in R-values, the higher it is, better the insulation. 2.    Programmable thermostat installation: Why keep the thermostat at optimal levels when you and your family are not present at home? Doesn’t it put undue pressure on the temperature control unit? Ideally, you should install a programmable thermostat that lowers the temperature in your absence and again ups the same when everybody returns. The thermostat can be used similarly in reverse when it comes to the functioning of your air conditioning. Digital thermostat units are the best choice since these are completely programmable for different times during the day. 3.    Consistent temperature is the way to go: Lowering the temperature unnecessarily overnight puts that much pressure on the cooling system to bring it up again during the morning. So, the energy you save by keeping it low during the night ultimately goes waste. What is the ideal temperature setting then? According to most popular thermostat manufacturers in the market, you should ideally dial down to 7° for at a stretch 7 hours and this will help to maximize the energy savings. 4.    Plug all the drafts: As mentioned before temperature leakages is the bane to effective energy saving. Therefore, it is necessary to plug the drafts in all the obvious and danger areas across the house. Examine window and door edges thoroughly to check for air leaks, re-caulk frames, add a door draft skirt, and install double/triple glazing for effective energy efficiency. 5.    Regular...

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Save Delhi – one of the most polluted cities in the world
Aug25

Save Delhi – one of the most polluted cities in the world

Air pollution poses a greater impact on the human health. It’s not surprising to know that pollution in India is a never ending problem. And, to add to the woes, India has fallen down the Environmental Performance Index ladder, from 32nd rank to 155, as per the new survey conducted in 2014 by the agency. The Indian capital, Delhi has earned the title of the world’s most polluted city, unfit for human living, in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent report. The organization describes Delhi as the most polluted cities of the world, by considering the fact that an estimated data for fine dust was “improper” in a selected manner. The report further highlighted the fact, that Delhi & NCR ambient air quality contains two major pollutants namely PM 10 and PM 2.5 are high in quantity, when one of the Cabinet’s Minister retorted that Sulphur Di-oxide is in perfect percentage as per the prevailing air quality norms of the region. Despite, the hue and cry of Delhi labeled as a city with poor air quality, the Indian government has turned a blind eye to this critical matter, because the Public Health continues to remain lower on priority. Will there be a respite for the people living in the city? Magnitude of Air Pollution from Recent Survey The recent survey on global Environment Performance Index 2014 puts Delhi on the top spot among the most polluted cities on the planet. But are we proud of our failures? Where on one hand the National Capital is witnessing massive growth and development, with 810 million vehicles being registered every year, on the other, the rising air pollution is matter of deep shame and concern. The city’s atmosphere contains the highest levels of pollution, with particulate matter of 2.5 million pp in the world, nearly five times more than the safety threshold for humans. WHO’s latest survey also indicates that the air pollution is worsening every day, with officials  stating that numerous factors contribute to the increase in the fossil fuel consumption, including coal fired power plants, vehicles, inefficient energy use in building construction, and using biomass fuel for cooking and heating. As from a 2012 survey, air pollution has killed nearly 7 million people across the globe, which is a biggest threat to the health of the environment on the planet. Furthermore, the report stated that out of world’s 20 dirtiest cities, India has 13 to its crown. Among those 13, New Delhi, Gwalior, Patna and Raipur are top runners. The increasing use of coal-fired power plants, dung fuel used for cooking, and vehicle smog are the main contributors for air...

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Green Clearances Go Online
Jul25

Green Clearances Go Online

What is E-Clearance Mechanism? The government recently launched an online environment clearance for infrastructure and industrial projects. As per the recent reports, this system would take care of environmental issues without compromising on the economic growth. The user-friendly system is also expected to bring transparency in the challenging issues on the environmental clearance. The system will allow the applicants and the clearance authorities to keep a track on the process, while adhering to the time limits for No Objection Certificates (NOC). The Environment Ministry is also expected to launch the same kind of online system for forest clearance. It is said that both environmental protection and economic growth is possible by implementing sustainable development mechanism. The reports further reveal, as a part of the changeover to an e-clearance mechanism, the project developers must submit their environment clearance application online. Furthermore, there will be time limits for the entire clearance approval process along with stage-wise timelines. Efforts are being made to cut down the timelines for every stage. The environmental clearance mechanism is the first in the series of online approvals which the government proposes to put in place. Also, forest clearances are expected to be made online in coming days. Furthermore, the government is planning to make the online system even for mining related approvals. As per the sources, the original plan was to have a common platform for central and state clearances; however it is said, that in the initial phase the e-clearance mechanism will mostly deal with the approvals that are given by the Union Environment Ministry and its related offices. However, the government has not yet launched the system as it awaits approval. It is believed that the Central Government is looking forward to working with States to assure that the entire process at their end can be completed on time, and so the Ministry of Environment can grant clearance within 60 days. Moreover, it is expected to have a penalty clause for a delay at any stage of the clearance process. However, this provision is yet to be approved, but the ministry appears firm on presenting this clause very soon. Since the last few years, the Environment Ministry was considered as the biggest stumbling block in the industrial and infrastructural project approvals, and was severely criticized for granting delayed permission to build ports, roads and other public infrastructure projects. With the launch of e-clearance system, a hope among Realty Sector has emerged. The online system was introduced with the motto of easy and quick environment clearance process. It is believed, this vital step is the beginning of transparent governance, and might aid in the improved...

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