We all love our homes and we’ll do anything to protect it. But have you ever stopped to wonder how well we’re taking care of everyone’s home—the planet.

Green homes are becoming more and more popular today.

Going green is one of the small things you can do to help save the environment.

Fortunately, you can design your home to be kinder to Mother Earth. Below are a just a few green design ideas you should look into:

Ceramic Tiles

The classic ceramic tile in a modern bathroom.

Ceramic tiles are safer compared to other options in the market.

If you’re going to tile your bathroom, the most earth-friendly option would be ceramic tiles. They are made from natural and abundant raw materials, or recycled from waste products generated by the production of conventional tiles. With lifespans that take them well into 50 years, they also help lessen the amount of discarded tiles in our landfills.


A concrete pathway in a backyard.

Installing flagstones and brick pathways can help you conserve water.

Want to make yard maintenance easier and help the environment at the same time? Then consider installing hardscaping like flagstones,  brick pathways, and wood decking on your lawn or backyard. Since these materials are not organic, you won’t have to water them or use fertilizers that can potentially pollute the soil and water sources.

Lighten Your Roof Color

A home’s roof painted with a lighter shade.

Repaint your roof a lighter color so it deflects more sunlight and heat. This little trick can help keep your home cooler so you won’t have to use more electricity on air conditioning or ventilation.

Use VOC-Free Paints

A wall just repainted with VOC-free acrylic.

Stay away from paint that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Many paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, when VOCs react with nitrogen oxides and sunlight it produces ozone, which can contribute to smog formation and damage crops, among other environmental effects.

Grey Water Cistern

A grey cistern filled with rainwater.

Reduce water usage at home by having a cistern in your backyard.

The average household consumes about 1000-1500 liters of water a day. To help reduce water usage, you can install a “grey water” cistern that collects rainwater or water from your drains so it can be reused to wash your car or to water your garden.

Eco-Friendly Lawns

A lawn installed with Limonta’s artificial turf.

Artificial grass is one great way to have a healthy looking lawn all year round.

Lawns are one of the biggest water guzzlers in the home since they require constant irrigation to remain green and attractive. Fortunately, there are now artificial turf options like Limonta’s Tuscany line that look and feel just like real grass without the watering requirements. Artificial turf also does not need fertilizers and pesticides, which can run off your lawn and pollute underground water sources. Lastly, it’s  made from environmentally friendly materials so kids and pets can play safely on them.

Second-hand Furniture

A cupboard made from reclaimed wood.

Buying furniture made from reclaimed wood is great for the environment.

Why buy new furniture if you can get them second-hand? Most pre-owned furnishings are still in great condition, and choosing them means that raw materials won’t have to be consumed to create new products. Another options is to go for furniture made of reclaimed wood, previously used lumber that is then repurposed to give it a second lease on life.

Solar Panels

Solar panels installed on the side of a house.

Solar panels can reduce your energy bills in half.

Admittedly, installing solar panels require a substantial investment, but solar power is the cleanest form of energy there is. And as discussed in this piece from Rappler, one household was able to slash their hefty electric bill to half thanks to them. As an added incentive, you can sell any excess power you produce back to Meralco in exchange for credits on your next bill. You can choose to buy a few panels first, then purchase more down the line as your budget allows it.

As you can see, you don’t have to look far to find ways to help the environment. Sometimes, you just have to start at home.

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