As more and more environmental issues arise, it definitely makes a big difference that more people are becoming environmentally-conscious. Fixing the world’s biggest environmental issues will not happen overnight, that is why environmental warriors are encouraging everyone to start even if it’s just through simple and small eco-friendly practices. Besides, being environmentally conscious doesn’t just help mother earth, but it saves you A LOT of money as well. And what better way to start your eco-journey than through your own homes?
Here are some of the 5 easiest ways to jumpstart your green-living lifestyle:
Buy Secondhand Items
Buying secondhand big-ticket items like drawers, tables, and chairs will save your household a ton of money. Some household items are still durable and usable despite the age. Buying secondhand items will save you a ton of money, plus it helps reduce environmental impact.
Reduce Food Waste
High amounts of food waste are being produced daily in a regular household. There is an estimate of about 30 cents or around Php 16.00 of our food budget end up being wasted away because of food spoilage or expiration from buying excess food. The best solution is to put excess food in the fridge because food left outside in normal temperature can easily spoil. When you go for a grocery run, make sure you buy ingredients that you will really use. Also, practice going to the grocery store maximum once a week, if possible, when the fridge is almost empty.
Drive Less, Walk More!
You won’t believe how much carbon footprint an ordinary person emits when he/she uses a car every day! (It’s 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year for an ordinary passenger vehicle.) We know that here in the Philippines, it can be quite difficult to walk or bike going to work given that the CBDs are very centralized, but if you can, look for work that is closer to your home and requires less travel time and options. If you can, opt to walk or bike going to and from places. It’s not just good for the environment, it’s also good for your health.
There’s been a long debate about the use of plastic containers. Many would argue that what’s the point of using plastic containers when plastic itself poses a lot of danger to the environment. The truth is, plastic containers, when used properly, can actually be eco-friendly. What’s harmful to the environment are the single-use plastics- the once provided by convenience stores, small restaurants, etc. So ditch the straws, plastic plates, and utensils. It won’t take a lot of effort if you start reusing and recycling glass and plastic food containers, or make it a habit to bring your own reusable utensils when going out.
Start your own mini garden
The taste of your own homegrown produce is AMAZING. Plus, it’s a great way to get the family together and bond. Grow crops that you would enjoy eating yourself so you can find pleasure in growing them. You can choose leafy vegetables that you can easily cut and still, they’ll keep growing.
In contradiction to what many would say, practicing green living isn’t that difficult and expensive after all. It might just take a bit more effort, but that effort is worth it if it means that we are saving the earth.
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Amidst the high inflation rate and the economic crisis that our country is dealing with, proper housing for some families is something that can be easily put out of the picture – hence, family budget. However, the question is, will it be better for you to continue renting or invest in an affordable housing?
As the rents continue to increase and the price of goods is unstable, it’s going to be a wiser choice for each family to invest in a house property. With the various choices for affordable housing, it will be easier to own a house nowadays and have a long-term investment that can be even passed to your children.
Here are some of the things that you have to consider while choosing an affordable house:
Allocate the right budget
Know the minimum and maximum amount that you can allocate for housing. You have to know how much you can make and how much you can spend so that everything in your household will go to the right places without burning your pocket. Compute for your household’s total monthly income and get the 1/3 of it – this is the maximum amount that you can set aside for your housing expenses.
Do the paperwork
Collect all the necessary paperwork that will prove your income. As much as possible, have the latest payslips and income tax returns documents. These documents are very vital when it comes to the application for housing.
Approach your Local Housing Authority
Get the latest list of affordable housing in your area. The local housing office or the local agency that administers government subsidies for low-income families can help you out.
Choose the right house developer/provider
Imperial Homes can give you the most affordable array of house properties that will surely fit your family income. Our properties are not just built to be environment-friendly and cost-efficient but also budget-friendly. Check out our properties on our website or contact us at (02) 807-8405 / 0977-8549632 for inquiries!
Most real estate developments opt to use environmentally friendly materials for the construction of houses and commercial projects. From bamboo to recycled steel and even reclaimed wood, there are numerous building materials that are known to reduce the negative environmental impact of construction.
These days, it’s not just about having homes made from eco-friendly materials, but rather, also making sure that these homes are sustainable for the long run. While some solely identify ‘eco-friendliness’ based on the materials used, there should be others factors to consider like sustainability and direct benefit to the homeowners. If you’re looking for a sustainable home for your family, look at the communities developed by Imperial Homes.
Imperial Homes has partnered with Connovate Denmark to build houses that will last at least 100 years, which is perfect for growing families looking to pass on their homes to the next generation. The houses are built using pre-fabricated slabs are resistant to mold formation and can withstand up to 1,000-degree heat. Homeowners also don’t need to worry about renovation and repair costs, as materials are extremely durable.
Apart from reducing their carbon footprint through building materials, Imperial Homes is also the first local enterprise to incorporate solar panels into their low-cost housing projects. Homes in Via Venetto utilize renewable energy, which lessens electricity consumption, and in turn, lessens users electric bills as well.
The company has been awarded by the Financial Times and International Finance Corporation (IFC) for their achievements in socialized housing, and they have no plans of stopping soon. Imperial Homes is leading the way for greener developments in the Philippines.
For more information on Imperial Homes, contact us at +63 2 807 8405 or +63 977 854 9632.