Three ways to make your home greener.
Contributor: Sean Tan, General Manager of iProperty.com Singapore
Going green is a big movement in the 21st century, and it should be. Society has become more aware about environmental damage that waste and pollutants cause. Especially in the city where we live, work, play and share with millions of people. Now we want to preserve the place we call home for future generations.
Home is where green living starts. By going green at home, every individual is contributing their small part that leads to a big change. And even though an eco-friendly way of life may require some effort, and money, its glorious to see that people are willing to take those extra steps to play their role in preserving the environment.
Even property developers have been building modern and eco-friendly homes and buildings. No one anticipated how well received these environmentally conscious buildings would be. Or how aesthetically stylish they would turn out.
So where do you begin turning your home into a green one? Here are 3 ways to make your life greener from iProperty.com Singapore:
1. Go recycled
If you dutifully separate your trash from your recyclables, why not go one step further and purchase furniture made of recycled material? In Singapore, there are a good number of furniture houses that specialise in crafting designer coffee tables, chairs and more out of recycled and reclaimed wood. For statement pieces that will blow your guests away, a quick search on the Internet should yield quirky side tables made out of old bicycle tires and armchairs carved out from unwanted shopping carts.
Install wider windows
An airtight home not only blocks out a lovely breeze, the accumulated humidity from cooking and living in your house stays trapped and promotes the growth of mould and mildew. Wider windows mean bigger breeze for your rooms, which can only mean less electricity is needed to power fans and air-conditioners. If you are in the market for a home, keep an eye out for one on a higher floor. A home with an unblocked view generally means wonderful free-flowing winds.
3. Fluorescent bulbs can be pretty too
Fluorescent bulbs have long been promoted for their energy-saving qualities. Yet, many homes insist on filament or halogen ones because they are less harsh on the eyes and more flattering for the home. Fortunately for the home proud eco-warrior, there are a handful of ways to make fluorescent lights more aesthetically appealing. One cost-saving method is choosing fluorescent bulbs that give off a ‘warm white’ light. If you have a couple of dollars to spare, installing decorative fluorescent light panels over the bulb will definitely give you style points.
As part of iProperty.com’s People’s Choice Awards, the Saving Gaia Award showcases eco-conscious homes that incorporate energy saving features, as well as have a proactive recycling program. Voters can vote for the project they think is a leader in championing sustainable green energy.
Make your vote count at http://www.iproperty.com.sg/awards and you could win a $20,000 living room makeover and other great prizes for the home.
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