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EASY WAYS TO GO GREEN AT HOME

IDr. Peaches de Guzman-Grey
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Greening your home has a lot of financial, health, and environmental benefits. It doesn’t require spending a lot of money and getting fancy gadgets. Here are some simple ways on how to have an environmentally responsible home that saves you money, promotes better health, and saves the earth too!

When building your home, go for bamboo flooring as bamboo is the one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It is quicker to replenish than most timber trees used as hardwood flooring.

Strategically place your windows to let more natural light in. It is also best to open your windows to promote cross-ventilation.

Keep your home cool by overhauling your roof. Dark colored roofs soak up heat thus making your home and its surroundings hotter. Better to go for white or reflective roofs, or invest in installing solar panels on your roof.

Save energy by investing in Light-Emitting Diode or LED lighting systems. LED lights consume up to 90% less power, and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lights. It is the most energy and cost efficient type of light.

In the kitchen, do not let your fridge work double time to keep cool. Place your fridge away from sunlight, and as far away as possible from your oven and stove. It is also advisable to have about 7.6cm space between the fridge and the wall to ensure proper airflow.

Use low-energy appliances and energy-efficient cookware. Look for “energy star-qualified” appliances as they use about 10%-50% less energy that other models. For your cookware, use glass or ceramic dishes in the oven because they reduce the required cooking temperature, thereby saving more energy.

In the bathroom, turn off the water when not in use. Use a cup for gargling when brushing your teeth, and a cup of warm water to rinse your razor when shaving.

To save on your water consumption, install a low flow water closet, as flushing the toilets accounts for 30% of total indoor water used. A low-flow showerhead will also be helpful as a family of 4 can save as much as 160,000 liters of water annually.

In the bedroom, sleep on organic sheets such as organic cotton, or sustainable bamboo instead of cotton linens. Cotton linens account for 25% of the world’s insecticide use.

Place indoor plants to improve the quality of air in your home.

These tips may just be small things but they can make a big difference. D+C

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