8 Small Changes to Make Your Home More Eco-friendly
These are the small changes you can easily make around the house to help out Mother Nature and be more eco-friendly within your home.
If you want to go green, you can! You no longer need to compromise on sustainability due to time, money, resources or style. Here are seven small changes you can make to create a more eco-friendly home. That way, your space will look fabulous while doing some good too. Bonus!
So if you're looking to be more environmentally conscious in your home, the best place to start is with research and becoming a sustainability expert. There is so much information online about eco-friendly living that it can be tricky to figure out what's what. A good place to start is Supa Centa Moore Park's article on sustainable style, featuring expert advice from Interior Stylist Fiona Gould. She provides a great range of advice from how to understand a product's environmental impact, to how you can invest in quality pieces that will last a lifetime, so you too can become a sustainability styling expert.
Unplug Your Appliances
Even when you are not using an appliance it is still consuming energy. This is called a phantom load. You can save up to 35 per cent on your annual electricity bill by simply switching off and unplugging the appliances you are not using.
Change Your Light Bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs, like compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs, use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent globes and can last up to 25 times longer. Whilst the fluorescent glow may not be to everyone’s taste, there are more and more options coming onto the market each year and these lights can last for a decade and fit most light shades and fittings.
A good old-fashioned compost pile can go a long way to reducing the waste you put into your bin and is a great activity for you to share with the kids. Creating your own compost pile or purchasing a compost bin for the backyard will reduce your family’s land fill contribution and provide you with rich and nutritious soil to use throughout your garden.
Opt for Energy-efficient Appliances
By choosing appliances and white goods with a 3.5-star energy rating and, in the case of washing machines and dishwashers, a 4-star water rating, you can save money and the environment at the same time. A front-loading washing machine uses roughly 50 per cent less water than a top loader in a typical year and can be twice as energy efficient.
Look for Leaks
It’s a great idea to do a leaks check at least once a year, checking all plumbing particularly in the kitchen, shower and toilet. A leaky toilet can waste up to 700 litres of water every day and can be easily missed if you don’t do a systematic check.
By installing a motion detector outside you avoid the possibility of accidentally leaving your external lighting on overnight. Motion-activated lighting also has a lower impact on wildlife and due to its sensor and timer functions will mean you never have to remember to turn your lights on or off again.
Change Your Shower Head
By swapping your regular shower head for a 3-star water-efficient shower head you can save up to 20 litres of water per minute. Contrary to popular belief, low flow does not translate to low water pressure, the new models use air to increase water pressure whilst still enabling you to save on energy and cut down your CO2 emissions. This is a great option for renters as you can unscrew the shower head and take it with you when you move!
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