Sunday, May 27, 2012

Green All The Way

A typical eco-house can cost you at around 14 to 23k per sq m. on the other hand the conventional building can cost you at around 19k per sq m. Now the saving part; the eco-house can save upto 52% energy can revive your capital cost within 5-7 years.

An eco-house should:

A. Use solar power

Solar panels can be used for your outdoor lighting needs, solar heating needs etc. LED lamps may also be used which can save you almost 75% power.

B. Should save water:

Implement simple and efficient water conservation techniques. Ensure fixing of water efficient fixtures.

C. Efficient Cooling:

Avoid using lead tiles and ensure windows are glazed to avoid reflection and overheating.

D. Natural Paints:

Uses recycled or cane furniture and ensure use of low VOC and natural paints.

E. Cross-ventilation:

Be sure to widen windows of the north-east and west facing windows to ensure proper ventilation in the house.

F. Reuse & Recycle:

Use flyash bricks and use recycled content wherever possible.

G. Use smokeless challahs to ensure minimal pollution.

H. Green your surroundings by planting trees, herbs, shrubs etc. this will reduce pollution.

Percentage Percentage!!

1. Efficient roofing and lighting can reduce cooling load by 17.5% in air conditioned areas and 74% in non-air conditioned areas.

2. Energy efficient appliances save 35% energy.

3. A partly air conditioned green building can save upto 40% energy.

4. Energy efficient and smart building envelope saves 39% energy.

5. Energy saving fixtures can save 15% energy.

Saving is the Question, Sun is the Answer

The old idea has finally turned gold, that the suns energy can be utilized by converting it into electrical energy. This implementation can save you on energy cost and make you and your surrounding environment greener.

While some think that the installation and maintenance cost are soaring high one does not think that the long time could cost them to around Rs. 10 per unit.

Some advantages of solar energy to ponder on:

1. Solar power is the cleanest and greenest power that one can use in their homes.

2. It does not consume any fuel and its energy is abundantly available.

3. The Return on Investment is low i.e. 6 months. That is after 6 months it becomes free.

4. Because of the rising cost of energy in India and many other countries, this solution is an ideal one.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Green? Is It?

Today everybody is talking about going green and sustainable, but this fact is lingering around for decades. But as people became aware of the fact, the topic gained importance again.


1. Homeowners use 10 times more toxic chemicals than farmers.

2. By lowering your thermostat of your HVAC equipment by 1 degree, fuel consumption is cut by 10%.

3. If you insulate your attic it will reduce energy loss by upto 20%.

4. By replacing every 75 watt bulb by an energy efficient one, you prevent one ton of carbon dioxide to release in the air.

All of us know that being conservative makes our planet sustainable and green. but how many of us know what exactly makes buildings green.

A green building is one which conserves water, uses energy efficiently, prevents wastage of natural resources, prevents waste generation and provides a healthier, greener and sustainable occupancy as compared to conventional buildings.

Evaluating how green a building is, is very important. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the international rating system for green buildings. For Indian standards GRIHA is the rating system used for green buildings.

Owing to the speedy decrease in resources, people are now getting aware of the fact that to save environment, sustainable implementation is necessary. These rating systems do exactly the same.

Rating systems are devised so that the concerned party knows exactly how green his building is and if more implementations are necessary he gets to know them and implement them and then the building is rated accordingly.

These implementation will not only lower your cost but will also lower the impact the building has on the environment.

Recycle & Conserve Energy

It is a known fact that saving energy makes our planet more sustainable and green. With the soring electricity bills we need to devise systems that can fulfill our day to day needs without wasting resources and energy.

One of these systems is the use of solar power. Solar power is free and the panels required are more improved and readily available now days. Solar power works when the sunlight directly falls on photovoltaic cells and gets converted to electricity. The solar power may seem expensive but the long time cost of energy saving is much more.

Another way of saving energy is recycling. A paper mill requires 40% less energy to make paper from recycled paper than to make it from fresh pulp. Aluminum; you save 95% of energy in recycling aluminum as well as 70% in recycling plastic.

So, as energy saving is the need of the hour, implementing these small strategies will make you save a lot on electricity, money as well as our planet.