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4 Easy Steps to an Eco-Friendly Home

Here are tried-and-tested ways to employ green principles at home


Nowadays, people are becoming more conscious of their purchases and how they can help save Mother Earth. Aside from taking note of practices that help save money and reduce waste, you can also start with simple steps at home.

Is it hard to create an eco-friendly home? Not really! "It's a way of life, and it's the choices that you make, but you have to make some sacrifices," shares architect Gelo Manosa. If you're ready to take on the challenge, he shares these tried-and-tested ways on how you can employ the same green principles that are evident in his modern-day green home.

Click here to see more photos of Architect Gelo Manosa's Sustainable Home.

Recycle water

Gelo recycles water from the second floor bathrooms and uses it to water the plants. He has a gray water tank that goes straight into the tap points, which means that it goes straight to the garden. Given this, his family uses organic shampoos and soaps, while their house help uses organic cleaners to clean the bathroom. Doing these practices make sure that harmful chemicals won't get into the water that is recycled for gardening.

RL Tip: You can also start conserving water at home. Click here for tips.

Use LED bulbs

"LED bulbs do conserve close to seventy to eighty percent electricity compared with standard bulbs," shares Gelo.

Opt for an inverter air conditioner

"When you have an inverter air conditioner, turn it on using the automatic mode. That way, it doesn't turn on right away. It builds up, then after a minute, the air starts blowing. That would save you forty percent in electricity cost," Gelo suggests. Keep in mind that turning the AC on using the manual mode doesn't give the same benefit.

Compost your organic wastes

You can help lessen the amount of garbage by having a compost pit. Gelo shares that they have a drum that occupies two square meters. "It's inconvenient for someone to sort the organic wastes. Some people don't like having bins in the kitchen. But if you have an existing house, you put those bins in, you compost your organic wastes, put it out in your compost pit, and it could help," Gelo explains.

While it can spell extra work, you also need to consider its effects in the long run. "At the end of the day, you're not throwing away organic wastes in a bin and just throwing it in some dumpsite," Gelo says.

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