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RL Tips: 10 Steps to an Eco-friendly Home (Part 1)

Easy and simple ways to improve your home and be kinder to the planet

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Admit it -- it isn't easy being green. You want to be kinder to the planet, but solar panels and hybrid cars are expensive, and composting trash in your backyard might not be possible, especially if you're living in a condo. So what can you do?

One baby step is to save energy at home. According to Greenpeace, energy consumed by homeowners and building tenants are some of the world's biggest sources of carbon emissions, which trap heat in the atmosphere, raising temperatures, and doing that thing that Al Gore doesn't want to happen. Also, energy just makes you rack up those electric bills! You can talk to your licensed architect about designing a more energy-efficient home, but if you've already got your dream house up and running, you can still do little things that make a big difference in the end. Beng Reyes Ong of the Climate and Energy Campaign of Greenpeace gives us ten easy ways to sneak in some all-important eco-friendliness into our own homes.

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 Read the original article ("The Green-house Effect”) in the May 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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