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RL Tips: 10 Steps to an Eco-friendly Home (Part 2)

Beng Reyes Ong of Greenpeace shares more ideas on leading a greener lifestyle

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

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 more ways to sneak in some all-important eco-friendliness into our own homes.

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 for more details. 

Replace battery-operated appliances when you can

Do you really need all those battery-operated toothbrushes, razors, and milk-foamers? If you still can't let go, make sure you dispose spent batteries properly.

Hang your clothes to dry

Give your electricity-eating dryer a break by stringing out your good ol'fashioned laundry line in the sun. 

Do your research

It takes a bit of sleuthing to become more energy-aware. Check with salespeople, surf the net, ask your friends about what energy-saving appliances and methods are out there.

Use a water-saving showerhead

No need to save water by showering with a friend. There are now a lot of readily available showerheads whose stream you can control manually, so no drop is wasted. 


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