Sustainable Living Starts at Home, So Adopt These Clean, Green Household Habits
First thing's first: Anthropogenic climate change is real, it's banging at our door, and we badly need to come together as a species to slow it down and mitigate its harmful effects. This should be, by now, a universally accepted truth, if also one that can be difficult to act on.
For most people, though, it's best to start small and simple. Being conscious of our energy consumption and our carbon footprint isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Small actions, when done consistently, can have a long-term impact.
So if you're looking to rise to the challenge by making adjustments to your life, start at home with these household habits.
Light up your space naturally
Choose light-colored walls and ceilings to brighten up rooms. This means you won't need to turn on an overhead light in the middle of the day. You can place mirrors strategically to reflect even more light while also making the room look more spacious. Use light curtains or blinds to help regulate sunshine.
Consider resource-saving fixtures and decor
If you’re designing or renovating your unit, there is a whole array of eco-saving options for bathroom faucets, toilets, kitchen appliances, and more. You can even take it a step further by investing in trash cans that make it easier for the whole household to segregate and recycle garbage.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances
If you’re still furnishing your home, try to buy inverter models for appliances that generally consume a lot of energy. These include air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines. Inverter technology allows these appliances to consume much less power, and in turn, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Your water and electric bills will be drastically lower, too, because these appliances consume less water and energy.
Reduce your plastic use
With more sustainable options now readily available, you can significantly reduce plastic use in your home. Bring eco-bags when doing your groceries, and consistently reuse them. In addition, opt for reusable containers made out of glass or stainless steel. You can also try swapping consumables like cotton pads and kitchen towels for washable and reusable options.
Make some time for the outdoors
Spend some time each day walking outside or even working out in an open area. Not only are you saving energy by turning off appliances, but more importantly, you are taking good care of your physical and mental health. Aside from the necessary Vitamin D, getting some sun increases serotonin, the hormone responsible for stabilizing our mood and feelings of well-being and happiness.
If you are considering a more sustainable lifestyle even as you crave city-living conveniences, consider living in Light 2 Residences, in Mandaluyong, along EDSA. This SMDC property is located right at the center of the Metro’s major central business districts. You can walk to your office in Ortigas or hop on and off the MRT to get to Makati, Bonifacio Global City, Pasay City, Quezon City, or Manila. Not being stuck in traffic for hours can do wonders for your carbon footprint, not to mention your daily schedule.
Residents need not leave their homes to shop for essentials, as Light 2 Residences will house an expansive retail development: two stories of fashion, beauty, specialty shops and restaurants.
Light 2 Residences features efficient unit layout sizes that allow residents to host intimate gatherings. Bigger celebrations can be held in any of the luxurious amenities found within the property’s sprawling Private Urban Park made up of SMDC’s trademark wide, open spaces and lots of greenery.
A truly sustainable development, the property will be equipped with a rainwater collector tank, designated MRFs (materials recovery facility) for commercial and residential areas and energy-efficient escalators, elevators and airconditioning systems. The property will also be using treated glass to reduce heat inside the unit and enclosed areas. Units will have large windows with operable panels and balcony door to allow for natural ventilation.
Living sustainably is made much easier when you stay at a property that provides you and your family with everything you need and allows you to be kind to nature at the same time.