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Being eco-friendly is much more than a trend – it has become a way of life for most people. We have learned to recycle, reuse, and reduce our use of countless products. Luckily, many retailers have found ways to go green themselves. Retailers including Amazon offer green electronic sections on their site and home stores like bed & bath store carry eco-friendly products that one can stock their house with for maximum efficiency. In the end, this lifestyle creates a better and more comfortable environment for all of us to live in.

Here's a step by step guide for how to incorporate this ideology into your day to day living:
 
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Step 1: 1. Visualize Efficiency and Then Act

Picture of 1. Visualize Efficiency and Then Act
Modern designs are environmentally engineered to create highly efficient living spaces that are extremely comfortable.

    Take advantage of natural lighting where possible. You'd be surprised how effective natural lighting can be.

    Switch to in-floor and ceiling radiant heating and unique cooling systems.

    Start learning more about your family's water usage.

    Research solar power and home automation.

The goal is to create designs that work with the environment. In many cases the homes are engineered in a way to blend with natural elements.

    Spare trees you might normally cut down in order to create a shield from wind and shade.

    Place windows strategically to take advantage of sunlight and natural breezes.

    Use local, durable materials that are recycled or re-purposed goods.

    Purchase your materials from merchants that use environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, which is sometimes referred to as ‘green manufacturing’.