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4 Tips To Make Your Home Green

Save on electricity in the process, too!

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Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Buensalido+Architects

Go green—this campaign has been going on for quite some time already, what with climate change and its dire consequences which we have seen in recent years. Making our homes ecologically responsive, therefore, is a must. Here are ways on how you can do that, whether you’re building a house from scratch or tweaking your current home to make it greener. 

1. Go for glass doors and windows.

They let in a lot of natural light, thus minimizing the need to turn on the lights during the day. Sliding glass doors also suit today’s modern homes. They even help make the space feel more open and spacious. 

2. Let canopies drive out heat.

Architects Nikki Boncan-Buensalido and Emerauldine Eliseo of Buensalido+Architects explain that wide canopies protect the interiors from direct heat. You don’t have to turn on your air conditioner to cool the house down—your canopies will do that for you. 

3. Use LED lighting.

It’s been said before but it cannot be emphasized enough. LED lights consume less electricity and have a longer shelf life, letting you cut down on energy bills and costs of replacing light bulbs after a few years.

4. Try tubular daylighting device (TDD).

TDDs harness sunlight and use this to illuminate interiors, so you also don’t have to turn on the lights at daytime. This, again, helps you save on electricity costs. Solatube is a popular TDD brand. 

Read the original article (“LEED the Way") in the June 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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