Our top five tips to make your home more sustainable
Being more eco-friendly will not only help you contribute to a sustainable environment but it can even save you money.
Here are five ways to improve the sustainability of your home and make it a more cost-neutral place you can love to live in.
Get serious about water
When we consider the word ‘sustainability' we often consider that it only relates to energy consumption. Firstly, take the time to fix any leaks. Even if there are no leaks there are plenty of lifestyle changes you can make to save water. For example, you should ensure that you don’t run the tap when you brush your teeth or shave. It’s also a good idea to install a low-flow showerhead – these have been shown to save up to 160,000 litres of water for a family of four.
Install a smart meter
Your heating is one of the biggest ways that you use energy. And it can be very easy, especially during the winter months, to leave your heating on for longer than you strictly need it. This can lead to a lot of both wasted energy and wasted money. The best way to combat this is to have a smart meter installed. Smart meters can be programmed so that they only turn on at certain times of the day – for example, beginning to heat up just before you get home, and shutting off an hour or so before you leave the house. Smart meters can are a must for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint and decrease their energy bills.
Energy-efficient light bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs have been around for a long time, but it really has taken a significant amount of time for many people to come around to the idea. Ultimately, though, it really makes a lot of sense to make the switch. Not only do energy-efficient bulbs use less electricity, but they also last longer, which means you don’t have to spend money replacing them.
Utilise the sun - Install solar panels and a home battery
Solar panels are an essential feature for any home in Australia. Providing you with completely clean electricity can sometimes even make enough energy to allow you to sell some back to the grid. Pair this with a home battery and you can really take control of your energy usage.
One of the smartest ways to improve your home’s sustainability is to ensure that you use as little energy as possible. Investing in insulation is a great way to do this. Good insulation helps hold in the heat, meaning you don’t need to burn energy reheating the home all of the time. There are plenty of places that can and should be insulated including within the walls and in the roof.