Eco-Friendly Living: A 5 Step Guide to Going Green in Your Home

Eco-Friendly Living: A 5 Step Guide to Going Green in Your Home

You know that you want to be more sustainable, but where do you start? We have assembled a collection of ideas for you to make it as easy as possible to transform your house into a clean energy haven. These changes do not have to have a huge impact on your lifestyle but small incremental variations in your everyday life can end up having a huge impact on your carbon footprint. So read on, and soak in the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing the right thing!

 

Step 1: Use reusable items in your house

Plastic is often used for a variety of different purposes, including cups, forks, bags, cardboard, and many other different items. As a rule, it is better to avoid using any single product from single-use plastic, because you do not know how long it can last and whether or not it will be processed in an environmentally friendly way or end up in a landfill. Even if you do not have a big house and you might still have some single-use plastic products lying around in your kitchen, you can use some reusable alternatives to your plastic items. For example instead of getting a single use cup when you buy your morning coffee have your own mug suitable for outside. Instead of plastic straws why not carry your own metal straw? You can check out our Eco Friendly Collection for some ideas to get you started.

 

Step 2: Save energy by installing efficient appliances

According to annual Home Trends survey conducted by Mitsubishi Electric in 2019 only 15% Australians believe that their home is extremely energy efficient. However, many are unaware of how this can be changed. Given that the same report indicated that 96% of Australians are worried about the rising energy costs there is a huge benefits by becoming more energy efficient. Some of the simplest ways to achieve that is by checking the energy efficiency rating of each of the new appliances that you install as well as considering if it makes sense to replace old inefficient ones. You can check out how the Energy Rating is calculated what does it mean and how much it can potentially save for you!

 

Step 3: Protect the environment with eco-friendly cleaning products

As part of your quest to live an eco-friendly lifestyle you should start making the switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. These are products that are made using natural ingredients and are reusable. Choosing eco-friendly cleaning products not only reduces the risk of spreading harmful chemicals and solvents throughout your home, but it also encourages you to shop for natural cleaning products. In addition, by using cleaning products made with natural ingredients you will be reducing your carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of resources you are using.

 

Step 4: Go Solar

You can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels by installing modular solar panel. With solar energy the sun's rays can be harnessed into the power of the grid, giving off a large amount of electricity that can easily be stored in batteries to provide power when the sun is not shining. You can convert your home into a solar electric power system with modular solar panels that can easily be purchased from a variety of reliable sources and are easy to install in just a few hours. To make things even better there is a huge amount of government rebates available if you live in Australia Australian Energy Foundation is a good resource to check for more information.

 

Step 5: Eco Friendly by Eating at Home

Eating in your home is an excellent way to cut down on waste. Taking out meat from your diet is not only good for the animals and the planet, but also significantly reduces the quantity of trash that you generate. Going meatless one day a week, has been suggested as one of the ways to cut down the waste. Even if you decided to not change your diet eating at home rather than out or ordering a delivery is still a more efficient method that preserves the environment. If you don’t already one other method is to pre-cook your meals so if you do have to go out for work you will have a home-made lunch (also a great way to save money).

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