There have been many stories around the world where the people have built amazingly eco-friendly homes out of their usual ones. You too can turn your newly bought apartment into the eco-friendly home to the extent it is possible. This might look to be capital intensive in the beginning, but in the long term, it helps you save a good amount of money. Let us have a brief account of at what all can be done. Focus of this article will be on electricity and water, the two key elements of modern living.
In the modern society, life can not move without electricity, of which there is considerably shortage in India. So, in newly developed areas like Greater Faridabad, the situation is expected to be worse than the already developed ones. The project owners such as BPTP Resort Faridabad might be providing the power back-up but it carries a cost which is to be paid monthly to them. The practical way of reducing the dependence on electricity is to install the solar panels. It is much better if this initiative is taken at the project level and the builders provide for it since these need to be installed on the roof tops and with so many families living in a tower, it might not be practical to install one for individual unit. This is expensive at this stage but, with the government subsidy support, this can be made possible to have these on roof tops.
However, if this is not done at project level then the individual apartments, which have south-facing walls can still instal these if there is sunshine on their apartments. In order to allow for the sunshine to fall on the sides of apartments, it is important that the designing and project location shall be selected in such a way that this is allowed.
Besides the solar panels, even the small wind-mills can be used in the vast expanses to generate electricity during the times when the winds are blowing.
Water is another crucial element of modern living which is fast becoming a concern due to the way it is used. Water harvesting systems are featured in every modern project as these store water from rains. At the same time, there is a need to develop the proper channels which make use of the used water further for other applications. For example, the water left after the washing of clothes and utensils, after bathing and after toilet use can be run thrown the natural cleaning process, to be used again in watering the vast expanses of green surroundings. This will account for major water storage and reduce dependence on fresh water.
Within the apartment, you can replace the traditional lighting system with the CFL and other energy saver appliances. Judicious use of glass and proper placement of things can ensure that your apartment receives maximum light and ventilation which reduces dependence on electricity.