We are living in an age where protecting the planet and reducing our carbon footprint are, quite rightly, huge concerns for the majority of the population. It seem like more of us than ever before are doing our bit to reduce, reuse and recycle our way to a greener future. It’s starts with educating our children, which is our mission. When looking to live a more eco-friendly life, we should all turn our attention to our homes, as these can often have a huge impactful on the environment. As an added bonus, many eco-friendly home improvements often work out to be much more affordable, so you can save some money while you save the planet.
Here’s our top five ways to make your home more eco-friendly and cost-effective.
Switch to solar power
If you haven’t already made the switch to renewable energy, now is the time to do so. Solar panels remain the top choice for renewable energy, especially in sunny climates such as in Australia, because they are reliable and cost-effective. With solar panels, you can power your home independently or minimise your electricity that comes from the grid. Any excess energy your panels harvest can be sold back to the grid for a profit.
Adjust your thermostat
Raising your thermostat just one degree in summer and lowering it one degree in winter can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bill a year and greatly reduce your energy use. The difference will be minimal – just put on or remove an extra layer of clothing! You could also look at installing zoned heating and cooling so you are only heat or cool the rooms required, saving energy.
Try a low flow shower
Switching to a low flow shower head will allow you to continue to enjoy your hot showers without feeling guilty, and it will also reduce your water consumption and your bills.
Properly insulate your home
By making sure your home is fully insulated, you’ll reduce your need for air conditioning or central heating and have better control over the temperature of your home. This will mean lower energy consumption and reduced bills. Make sure you look at adding insulation to your windows and floors too – good curtains and rugs can also help.
Once you are finished using an appliance, turn off the switch or unplug the appliance. You’ll be surprised at how much energy and money devices can use in standby mode.
Replace your lightbulbs
Replace your lightbulbs with low-energy alternatives. These will use much less energy and last longer, saving you money.
Use low-energy appliances
It might be expensive to replace all of your appliances with low-energy alternatives all at once, however next time you need a new appliance, always look for the most energy-efficient option you can. It may cost a little more upfront but it will save you more in the long run.
Implement these simple tips to make your home more energy-efficient and more cost-effective.
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