3 eco-friendly upgrades you should make to your home

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Ever since I was young, whenever they asked me what my dreams were, one of the things that I always tell them is to be able to have a very nice house for my family. It was not easy to achieve this since we are not really wealthy but we are trying our best to have a property that we can call our own and that we will be proud to live in. 

We already started our way to reach this dream as we mortgaged a house under my name and slowly but surely, we are making renovations and upgrades to make it a beautiful home. I'm very happy that I am able to provide more than what I can before as I began to work abroad and while me and my sister were browsing as to what great ideas we can incorporate to our house, we stumbled upon making eco-friendly upgrades.

Just to share to you what it means to upgrade your home to be eco-friendly, it means that you make your household emit less carbon footprint (amount of carbon dioxide/other carbon compounds emitted due to consumption of fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum), have an adequate lighting/ventilation and consume less energy and water. In short, it means that your home should care for the environment. To be able to do this, you will need a lot of money at first, but in the long run, you will be saving money and saving the earth, too. 

I've come across a site that contains real estate for sale in Whistler and they have amazing homes that I had the chance to be made as inspirations as to how I would upgrade my own home to be eco-friendly. 

The first upgrade that we are planning to do is to convert to smart technology. From lighting, to ventilation, to appliances, we intend to purchase what we can afford one step at a time. For example, there are smart motion light sensors that automatically turns off the lighting when no one is in the room and adjusts the brightness depending on the natural lighting present. Another one is the smart thermostat that would regulate your home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Smart appliances also contribute to lesser energy consumption.

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The second upgrade that we hope to achieve in the near future is to apply solar panels in our roof. This is a very expensive upgrade that I bet will take us years to purchase, but thinking of long term savings, this is the upgrade to go to. Not only are you saving money in the long run, but you are also saving the environment (protecting the ozone layer from burning fossil fuels as what I have mentioned earlier which is one of the causes of global warming). 

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Last, but definitely not the least, is the easiest and cheapest upgrade you can do to make your home eco-friendly. Look for used and free materials. Either you are renovating or upgrading any place in your home, being able to recycle or better yet upcycle existing items in your home will already make your home eco-friendly. This is because you would not need to use new natural resources and you save a furniture or an item from ending up in a landfill. 

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These are just a few of the upgrades that you can do to make your home eco-friendly. Do some researches like what I did to be able to know what to apply to have a beautiful home that will not ruin our planet but instead, contribute to making it a better earth that the future generations will be able to experience for a long, long time.

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