Sunday, December 29, 2013

Green Living

My husband and I are tree hugging enthusiasts. For our first home, we wanted to contribute actively in preserving and conserving the environment by utilizing energy efficiently and by supporting environmentally-friendly products.

We researched on the internet on the models that are available in the market. Since a refrigerator would be on for 24 hours, we needed something that did not emit CFC and was energy efficient. We were almost sold on Panasonic Econavi for its inverter model, but the energy rating was only 3 stars. In the end we got the Sharp Plasma Cluster model with non-CFC and 5 star energy rating.

Washing machine:
We did background research on several models,  between a top-loader and a front-loader. Once we decided, we turned our attention to how the machine uses energy. We were sold on the Samsung Eco-Bubble model. This machine creates bubbles to wash the clothes faster and using less water. For a better illustration, have a look at this video:

Initially, I was against air-conditioning as most models use CFC gases. However, with new technology, eco-friendly ACs are currently run on non-CFC gases just like the refrigerator. I was intrigued with the Panasonic Econavi model because not only does it not use CFC gases, but it acts as an air filter and purifier to filter the dust in the air. This comes in handy when your areas are affected by national crises like haze, or say your neighbor is doing renovations. In addition, it has an inverter which can detect the number of individuals and activities in the room. If there are many people, the AC will decrease the temperature. Similarly if the activity increases the temperature in the room, the AC will decrease the AC temperature to cool the room. I found that quite fascinating. The model is also energy efficient.

I have not bought an AC yet. I am planning to make room for it- if I do it will be for my bedroom only.

We wanted to get a mattress that would support our back and sleeping patterns, and at the same time made in an eco-friendly way. We managed to get just that:

Energy saving bulbs:
Our house is stocked with energy saving light bulbs. 

Every room in our house has fans. I just love the feeling of wind blowing in my face!

Our house has so many windows! The upside to this is we get a lot of natural light and reduces our dependence on artificial lighting.

Electric sockets:
We make sure we switch off our electrical switches, plugs and chords when not in use.

We try to conserve water for active washing and not let the tap run unnecessarily.

Water Heater:
We were planning on installing a water heater, but realized like most machines, it will expire in 10 years. Furthermore, Malaysia only has summer all year-long, so we really don't need a water heater to bathe unlike in countries that have fall, winter and spring. 

Bath Tub:
We decided against the bath tub and opted for the shower as we don't accumulate unnecessary water for bathing.

Car-pooling and public transportation:
We currently carpool together to work. If I work late, I take the train and he picks me up at the nearest station. We try. It's not easy in Kuala Lumpur, but we try.

Home-cooked meals:
We've been trying to get home earlier to cook at home instead of buying food. It's definitely a challenge working in the city, but do-able with discipline.

Drinking water:
I've changed my diet for the last 5 years to drink water for meals and to rejuvenate. I only drink flavored or juices during special occasions. Husband is starting to as well.

To wear existing clothes instead of buying brand new clothes.

Planting our own vegetable garden:
Once we move in, my dream is to start planting vegetables, onions, chillies and spices in my backyard.

My husband has yet to know this but I was also thinking of raring chicken! 

Will update you on how the last two goes! Hahahaha


  1. slm asma, how are the things moving on? where are you moving to? am patiently waiting for your updates ;)

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