BE ECO-CHIC AND MAKE AN EARTH-FRIENDLY HOME

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Be an eco-chic, which mixes ecological awareness and trendiness and make an earth-friendly home. .Going green need not be dull or uninspiring. In fact, it can be as hip and stylish or classic as you want it. Try this 5 easy eco-chic approach:

  • Blackouts are cool. The curtains we install on our windows can help save energy. Ordinary curtains allow the sun and its hot rays to penetrate through them and into the room. This is the type of heat that will take a toll on your central cooling system, making it work harder to maintain the desired temperature. This means that more energy is consumed. This isn’t good for your air conditioners, your wallet, or the planet. “Blackout curtains” are different from ordinary curtains because they are designed to block radiant light from entering your home. Block the light, and you block the heat along with it. This makes it a lot easier to keep your house cool and saves energy in the long run. In some areas, all you need are blackout curtains to keep cool without even needing to turn on the air-conditioner at all. Blackout curtains are available in different colors and cost P700 to P2000 per panel.
  • As naturel. Create a “naturescape” or wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard. Basic elements include fresh water, plants, and feeders that provide nourishment for birds and insects. Rocks, trees, bushes, and/or birdhouses for sheltered nesting can be also added.

For all-around environmental boost, plant or tree. When Properly sited, trees and other landscaping features can save up to 30 percent in home cooling costs. In general, you will lower your summer air-conditioning bill by planting trees and bushes along the west side of your home. This will also help cool your community and make your home even more enjoyable.

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Fill your yard with through-tolerant native plants. This will cut down significantly on watering requirements and, in the process, provide much-needed food and shelter for wildlife. Drought-tolerant native plants include purpleheart, pink tabebuia, and bottle palm. Mulch your gardens to reduce water evaporation around your plants (this also reduces weeds and promotes healthy soil).

Fill your yard with through-tolerant native plants. This will cut down significantly on watering requirements and, in the process, provide much-needed food and shelter for wildlife. Drought-tolerant native plants include purpleheart, pink tabebuia, and bottle palm. Mulch your gardens to reduce water evaporation around your plants (this also reduces weeds and promotes healthy soil).

You might want to check, NO GARDEN SPACE? GARDEN HACKS FOR YOUR SPACES if you do not have enough space outside your home. You can still be an eco-chic and have an earth-friendly home.

  • Pre-cycle and recycle. – When making a purchase, first consider if an item is recyclable. This requires you to not only have more than a passing knowledge of what can be and cannot be recycled , but also a vision of how certain forms of packaging can be reused and not go to waste. Secondly, see if that item is made from recycled materials so as to ensure that the cyclical movements of materials through the system is maintained. Third, Invest on high-quality. long lasting furniture items and appliances. You may pay more now, but you’ll be happy later since you don’t have to replace items as frequently. Fourth, repair! Sometimes, it just takes a few repairs or new upholstery to make furniture seem new again. Fifth, DIY (Do it Yourself). If you want to unleash your creative side, try designing your own furnitures, lamps, and accessories from recycled materials. Sixth, scavenge for shopping furniture items, lights, and accessories at thrift shops, garage sales, and flea markets. Evangelista in Makati, Cubao-X, and Market Market are some of the best places to shop for friendly vintage furniture items, ad accessories.
  • Friendly Trendy. Retire your old shower head and replace it with a low-flow designs that reduce output to 2.5 gallons a minute or less. With today’s standard shower head, it can make a difference in your waste bill. For even greater savings replace your old toilets with today’s dual flush or water saver toilets.
  • Brighten up your home. White walls and ceilings significantly reflect more lights into the room than dark surfaces do. This means “lights off” in the morning. Since white doesn’t absorb the light and therefore does not absorb the heat, aircon would be unnecessary. Painting the room with white or light neutral pallets will help save or energy bills, save the earth and keep your cool. If you want dark colors. try painting the focal point in the room only, while keeping the rest of the walls in light shade.

Decorating your rooms with a mirror will also lighten your place as they capture the sunlight and bounce it around. Clean the glass in all areas of your home.. The shiny surfaces in your home reflect light and sparkle, both contributing to a brighter and cleaner look.

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  • Say no to a cluttered look. Lesser items, provide spacious room area, and lessen congestion is a perfect way to provide unhindered air circulation within the room and minimizes dusting chores as well.

If you have any other tips to add on how to have an economical yet stylish and earth-friendly home. Please let us know by commenting below and please make sure to like and follow us at our Pencil Project Facebook Page, Pencil Project Twitter, and Pencil Project Instagram Account.

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