Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Making Optimum Use of Natural Environment

Every country is proud of its resources. They are the backbone of the economy. Using the economy’s resources and transforming them into positive energy results in building capital stocks. These again add to the wealth for generations to come.

However, the current use, or rather misuse, of the existing resources is delivering a message, loud and clear, that there are slim chances that there will be enough resources left for future generations to use. This scenario is especially dominant in the developing countries, where access resources are plenty, but their use is so rapid that their share of the already scarce resources is endangered.

On the other hand, there are serious consequences of our use of the resources. The impacts, or rather the harmful impacts on the environment can induce damages that go far beyond the capacity of the environment.

Let us see why our natural resources are essential.

Measuring the essentialness of a resource has different dimensions. It can mean several things. One could be that a resource might be essential for disposing waste or processing waste. Then, a resource may be essential because it offers satisfaction to the human psyche. There are some resources that can be termed as essential because of ecological reasons.   

A resource could also be essential for production. The production of oxygen, clean air, graceful surroundings, etc.

Here are some tips on how we can use natural resources to our advantage, without polluting the environment. We can actually save energy, reduce pollution and help in preserving the environment by proper utilization of the natural resources. The bottom line is awareness.

Planting Trees the Right Way

Ø  Trees provide multiple benefits to us. They give us shade, block the wind, prevent soil erosion, attract birds and make the air pure.
Ø  They also clean our water and make our surrounding more beautiful with their greenery. 
Ø  We all know that in winter, we look for methods to avoid the chill wind from blowing indoors. And in summer, we enjoy the shade under the trees.
Ø  What we do not know that planting trees in the right direction can help save up to 30% of our energy bills. 
Ø  Deciduous trees are trees that shed their leaves in winter. If we plant deciduous trees on the east and west sides of the house, the house will be cool in the summer and warm in winter.
Ø  The shade from the foliage of leaves will protect the house from the direct rays of the sun, preventing the walls from getting hot.
Ø  You will need to run the air conditioning lesser or maybe not too. Reduction in energy use means savings in terms of money.
Ø  Plus your green gas contribution also reduces and helps you fight global warming.
Ø  Planting trees and shrubs in a position where they can provide shade to the outdoor unit of the air conditioners helps in cooling the building more efficiently and reduces about 10% of our energy consumption.
Ø  Trees can be used to shade the patios, sidewalk, and driveway too. The shade will keep the concrete, yard and the surroundings cool.
Ø  If you want to block the cold winter winds, plant an evergreen conifer on the north and northwest of your house. A row of conifers will create a kind of wall to keep off the cold winter winds. This will also save heating costs up to 30%.
Ø  When the leaves of the deciduous trees fall in winter, the sun pours into your house through branches, reducing your need to keep the heater on to ward off the chillness.

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