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Making Our Homes Eco-Friendly

If you are familiar with the name Louie Santaguida, then you are probably aware that this real estate developer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist encourages everyone to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. He is the founder and CEO of Stanton Renaissance, which is a condo development company based in Toronto, Canada.

Just like Mr. Santaguida, we can also do our part even in small ways. One of the things that we can do is to make our homes more eco-friendly by following these tips:

In the Living Room

* During the day, utilize natural light in the room by opening the curtains or blinds and letting the sunlight in. By doing this, you can save as much as 10% of the energy that you usually consume.

* Use furniture with non-toxic materials such as natural glues, organic fabrics, latex foam, and wool batting. There are even rugs that are woven from all-natural fibers which means they are free from synthetic dyes and other harmful chemicals. Best of all, they are recyclable and biodegradable.

* To save electricity and conserve energy, unplug appliances after use. Also, instead of using incandescent light bulbs, replace them with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs; you can save 66% more energy. One CFL bulb can save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, so imagine how big your contribution can be if you replace all the bulbs at home with CFL bulbs.

In the Kitchen

* Place your refrigerator in a shaded area because if it gets hit by direct sunlight during the day, it has to work extra hard to keep the room cool. And when it does, it would need more energy, which leads to high electricity consumption.

* Learn how to multitask. If you are going to use the oven to cook different types of food, use both oven racks at the same time. Also, when using the oven, keep the door closed the whole time because the temperature can drop by 65°C when you leave it open for 30 seconds.

* Segregate your wastes and compost kitchen scraps to help reduce the amount of household waste in landfills.

In the Bedroom

* Use a mattress free from synthetic materials and toxic chemicals. It is also better to sleep on organic sheets made from organic cotton or sustainable bamboo. For your blankets, a wool blanket is the better choice because it is more eco-friendly to produce.

* Improve the air quality in your bedroom by placing some houseplants because

they are a natural air purifier. Also, instead of using aerosol sprays and synthetic air fresheners, opt for essential oils to keep your home smelling nice.

In the Bathroom

* Conserve water by turning the faucet off when brushing your teeth. You can use a glass for rinsing instead.

* Flushing toilets and leaky faucets are the major causes of water wastage so it’s better to switch to a low-flow toilet. Have your leaky faucets repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

* Take showers instead of baths; you can save as much as 14% of water just with this simple change.

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March 12, 2017