Showing our love for Mother Earth doesn't need to be boring. It must be a celebration of the things that we take for granted. As BluHomes supports Earth Hour, here are the 5 fun activities that we can do when our lights are out during Earth Hour.
1. Play Traditional Games
Life can be as fun without gadgets! During Earth Hour, bring out your board games, playing cards, and other fun table games. You can play the traditional Filipino games outdoors like patintero, tumbang preso or taya-tayaan. Compared to gadgets where our kids play by themselves, these games will teach them the value of teamwork and camaraderie.
2. Star Gazing
You can see 10 times more stars when there are no lights around. Earth Hour is the perfect time to star gaze because the darkness allows the stars to stand-out and shine brighter. You will appreciate how beautiful and amazing the universe is when you see this many stars. Star gazing is also the perfect time to reflect on your life and discover something about yourself.
3. Set-up Picnic Outdoors
Take your dinner outside the house and set-up a picnic for you and your family. Celebrate the outdoors, appreciate the nature as-is without the man-made stuff, and bond with your family. No cellphones and no gadgets. Talk. Share stories. Appreciate each other's company.
Our house can be hot during Earth Hour. You are perspiring anyway, so why not exercise? You will surely sweat more and lose more. If you don't like the heat inside the house, go outside and jog. Breathe the outdoor air and see your neighborhood in a different perspective.
Studies show that the easiest way to sleep better and more deeply is to turn off all your lights. Earth Hour is that time. It is the perfect time for you to catch-up on your sleep. You are rejuvenating yourself and Mother Earth at the same time.
A cool house is a nature-friendly house. It reduces the consumption of air conditioners, which comprises of more than 50% of the average household energy consumption. How does light colors affect the temperature of a house?
Light colors reflect UV rays
Notice that when you wear a white shirt, you magically feel cool and comfortable. And when you wear a black shirt, you feel very hot. That is because black absorbs all the heat coming from the light of the sun, while white reflects everything. The lighter the color of the shirt, the more heat is reflected and the cooler you feel.
This is especially true in houses. The lighter the color of the walls and roof, the more UV light is reflected and the cooler the house.
Light colors are cool
Using light colors for the facade and roof makes the house significantly cool as it reflects the heat. The cooler the house, the less air conditioners that the homeowner will use and less energy they will consume. This makes the house nature-friendly as it reduces the energy that is drawn from power plants.
BluHomes Breeze in Amparo Caloocan uses this technique to make its townhouse nature-friendly. Its roof is color white and its facade is made up of very light colors. The result is a house that is relatively cooler and more comfortable compared to other conventional houses.
Grass in your home makes your life better, physically, spiritually, and psychologically. Here are four reasons why you should cover your yard with grass instead of concrete.
1. It makes surroundings cooler
Why is it that it's much cooler in the province compared to the city? It's because the ground in the province is mostly grass instead of concrete. Concrete has this property called Thermal Mass, wherein it absorbs the heat from its surroundings during warm temperature at daytime, and releases that heat during cold temperature at night. Grass, on the other hand, reduces this heating effect from concrete. It absorbs the heat coming from its surroundings and it releases oxygen that makes the surroundings cooler.
2. It cleans the air
Grass breathes-in carbon dioxide that is harmful for the environment and contributes to global warming. It replaces this carbon dioxide by releasing oxygen that is essential for our health and life in general. More grass means less carbon dioxide and more oxygen, which we need for our brains and lungs to function well.
3. It makes you relax
Studies have shown that seeing grass makes our brains relax and enhances our moods. For thousands of years, human beings were surrounded with trees and grass that serve as their home. Within the last 100 years, we got surrounded by this concrete jungle that makes us feel constrained. This is why our mood lightens up when we see a golf course.
4. It's beautiful
This is the exemption to the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." All human beings are psychologically attracted to grass. It is ingrained in our DNA. Also, green is a very good contrast to the color of the house that is usually white, grey, beige or brown. Its color adds excitement to the boring, repetitive, and flat colors of the house.
These are the reasons why the front yard of BluHomes Breeze, a nature-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, is covered with grass. It makes the surroundings cooler, cleans the air, makes us feel relaxed, and makes the house much more beautiful and exciting.
Natural air is free. It does not cost any money and it does not need energy from the electric grid. Using casement-type windows in our homes takes advantage of this green feature.
A casement-type window, commonly known as swing-type window, is a type of window that is hinged on one side and can be opened by swinging it outward. Unlike the common sliding-type window that can be opened by sliding it to the side and only half of the window is open, the casement-type window can be 100% full opened. This allows the natural air to have a larger access to enter the house compared to a sliding-type window that is only 50% open.
Also, when the window frames are fully swung open, it acts like a scoop to funnel-in the breezes that pass by the house allowing more air to enter.
BluHomes Breeze, a nature-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, uses casement-type windows. Not only can it be 100% fully opened, its windows are also provided with insect screen to encourage the homeowners to harness this feature and not worry about insects entering the house. All its windows have white frames to reflect the UV rays coming from the sun, reducing the heat inside the house.
Harnessing this free air that nature provides will not only make our living more comfortable, it will also make our house nature-friendly.
BluHomes Breeze is a townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan that is walking distance only to MRT-7. It is designed as a passive cool house wherein the house in itself is already cool and comfortable without air conditioners. This makes the development nature friendly. #BluHomesPh #PassiveHouse #EcoFriendly
The exterior facade of BluHomes Breeze features very light colors to reflect the heat and make the house cool and comfortable for the homeowners. Beyond that, the house is designed as a passive cool house wherein, by smart design and architecture, it is already cool and comfortable without air conditioners.
BluHomes Breeze is located in Amparo Caloocan and is walking distance only to MRT-7.
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