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Going green good for your wallet too

delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2010 02:47 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Adopting green lifestyle for a family can mean saving of R24,514 per annum or close to R2,000 per month without much additional costs, environment ministry said on Thursday.

A guide to low carbon lifestyle brought out by the ministry with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Technische Zussammenardeit (GTZ), a German research body, has a 15-point manual, which people can adopt to save up.

The guide has come when India has been rated as world’s third largest global warming causing carbon dioxide and rich nations are asking India and China to take obligatory emission cuts.

The average carbon footprint of an Indian is 4.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is about four times less than that of a person in Europe and US. India’s low carbon foot print is mainly because of 64 per cent of population in rural India have average emission less than one tonne per annum. Tips for a low carbon living

But, the ministry’s guide said reducing carbon emission is a homogenous goal for all irrespective of economic status or nationality.

“It is up to each one of us to apply our creative knowledge to move towards the common goal and also save money,” the guide said.

The guide tries to tell citizens that they should opt for Bureau of Energy Efficiency five-star rated appliances, which can mean saving of R2,780 per annum on electricity bill.

A family can save the most, if they give their car a rest.