5 Elements that Make a Green Home
Create an eco-friendly space with these in mind
Building a green home has more than a few benefits. Aside from helping you save on electricity and water, it’s more sustainable and easier to update. Plus, maintenance can also be a breeze. If you’re looking to incorporate green changes at home, you may want to begin with small ones that have a lasting impact.
“Going green requires minimal change in our lifestyle habits while making a positive impact on our environment,” says interior designer Michelle Dumlao-Pastoral. If you’re ready to make a difference, here are valuable insights and ideas to keep in mind:
Huge windows and skylights
You can keep your home bright and well illuminated while saving electricity! To do this, you may want to have huge picture windows and skylights that let plenty of natural light into your home. If privacy concerns you, you can always use sheer white curtains which still allow light to pass through.
LED lights and energy-efficient appliances
Although these lights cost a bit more and the latest AC and refrigerator units can burn a hole in your pocket, these picks can last longer and would be a smarter choice in the long run. If budget is a concern, you can do this gradually by prioritizing areas that you use often like the bedroom, dining, and living areas.
Plants and greens
“Choose plants that are compatible with our climate for easier maintenance,” says Dumlao-Pastoral. Aside from the well-loved terrariums, succulents, and cacti, you can have houseplants that help purify the air at home such as the rubber plant and snake plant.
Earth-friendly building materials
If you’re in the process of building your home, Dumlao-Pastoral suggests using brick as it has a limitless lifespan and can be recycled or salvaged in the future. “You can also use bamboo for a decorative modern ceiling and wall design treatment. It is renewable, takes just a few years to grow, and is light and pliable, too,” she adds.
Recycled and upcycled pieces
When sprucing up your home, you don’t always have to buy brand new items. Look around and see if there are items that you can repurpose. You may also visit secondhand shops, garage sales, and thrift stores for pieces that you can recycle. “Use glass jars to organize your things—[these would look good when] displayed on an open shelf,” Michelle says. You may also reuse existing bottles of liquid soap, shampoo, and conditioner to further save on costs.