Tips to help make your home more sustainable.
19 November 2019
Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue in society. More and more of us are looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste that we’re producing and to become more energy efficient. According to the Department of Environment and Energy, the average Australian household generates about 14 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
You not only help the environment when you reduce your emissions, but you also reduce your lighting, water, and air-conditioning bills too! And with energy prices as high as they are in Australia these days, who doesn’t want to do that?
Architects and builders are increasingly focusing on designing sustainable new homes, especially in narrow lot home designs. A key consideration is incorporating design principles to make the temperature as stable as possible in a home throughout the year.
Getting that right means that a home requires minimal artificial heating or cooling. Instead, nature largely takes care of a home’s temperature for free through the sun and the breeze!
There are many simple things you can do to make your home more sustainable. Here are some interior and exterior renovation tips to help you do it.
TIP 1: INSTALL DOUBLE GLAZING OR EXTRA INSULATION
This will make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. You’ll be comfortable, and you won’t need to use your air conditioner or heater as much.
TIP 2: OPEN UP SPACES TO MAXIMISE AIRFLOW
Ideally, make your spaces as flexible as possible so you can open and close them as needed.
TIP 3: CHOOSE ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
Household appliances account for about one-third of household energy use. The major culprits are televisions, pool equipment and white goods (fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers).
You can reduce the amount of household energy you use by choosing energy-efficient appliances. The government administers the Energy Rating Label program, which provides a star rating for electrical appliances. Products have a rating between one and six stars. The more stars. The more energy-efficient an appliance is.
TIP 4: INSTALL SOLAR PANELS
Installing solar panels on your roof is another way that you can let nature power your home and save on your energy bills.
TIP 5: START A COMPOST BIN
Starting a compost bin for your kitchen and garden waste helps to create rich soil, as well as reduce the amount of landfill. Grass clippings and dried leaves are ideal for composting, as well as fruit and vegetable scraps.
TIP 6: SELECT LOCAL OR NATIVE PLANT LIFE IN YOUR LANDSCAPING
Local or native Australian plants can tolerate harsh Australian weather conditions. That means they require less water than other types of plants, so they’re a sustainable choice for landscaping your garden.
TIP 7: USE SUSTAINABLE AND NATURAL FABRICS
The use of sustainable and natural fabrics is an increasingly popular interior design trend. These fabrics can be stylishly used in upholstered furniture, cushions, tapestries and throws.