Homes that don’t cost the earth: 10 ways to make your house eco-friendly
You can play your part in protecting our planet in many ways, some of which start right in your very own home. By reducing your own environmental footprint, you contribute to improving the future of our world for generations to come. Sustainable and environmentally conscious living is rapidly becoming more prevalent and more convenient than ever. So how can you do your bit for the earth and make your house eco-friendly?
Saving energy when renovating
Renovating gives you the perfect opportunity to overhaul your daily habits and start afresh with the environment in mind. Small choices along the way of your renovation journey can together contribute a significant reduction to your home’s energy output.
1. Reuse and repurpose
While renovating is all about improving, consider that not everything from your former space is rubbish. Use your creativity to find a second life for materials, furnishings and even demolition remains. Reduce consumerism and waste by giving your possessions a second chance – the memories and stories associated with treasured objects far outweigh something new and off the shelf.
2. Insulate, mate
A well-insulated home helps to keep heat in during winter, and out in the summer. With proper insulation you will need to use less heating and air con, reducing carbon emissions and your energy bill at the same time.
3. Sun power
Our warm Australian climate makes solar energy a logical choice. Harnessing the sun’s natural resource for use in our homes is a simple and affordable solution that won’t cost the environment. Consider if solar panels could work in your home.
4. Bamboo underfoot
When it comes to flooring, if timber is your ideal choice, then look to bamboo. This lightweight material is one of the fastest growing trees on the planet. This rapid replenishment of supply makes it a logical and environmentally responsible choice.
If new appliances are in the reno budget, look to energy efficient machines with at least three stars. These use up to 50% less energy than their standard counterparts.
Saving energy every day
And then there’s how you can continue to live in an environmentally conscious way, long after the renovations.
6. Let there be (new) light
Older style incandescent light globes can waste up to 90% of their energy by outputting heat. By simply replacing all your globes with LEDs or CFLs you can dramatically reduce your house’s energy output, and it’s as easy as the flick of the wrist!
7. Compost your scraps
Being eco-friendly is fundamentally about reducing waste. Everyday household rubbish contributes to masses of landfill every year. Make use of your food scraps by creating a compost bin. You will help to reduce the effects of methane gas and landfill, and create a nutrient-rich supplement for your garden while you’re at it!
8. Introduce greenery
Indoor plants not only look great – they make your house feel great, too! Plants are a natural way to reduce carbon dioxide in your home, freshening and removing pollutants from within the air so you can breathe easy.
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9. Hit the shower
Showers can use up to 14% less water than baths. So save that indulgent soak for when you really need it. And while you’re at it, consider replacing your shower head with a water-saving alternative.
10. Keep it cool
Everyday laundry does not require super high temperatures to get the job done. Up to 90% of the energy required to wash clothes goes to simply heating the water to do it. Clean your clothes on a cool wash cycle wherever possible.
You don’t need to overhaul your life to reduce your carbon footprint and create an eco-friendly home. Whether you’re midway through renovations or looking for ways to change your habits, the key is to start small and work your way up from there. Every bit helps!