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Quick changes that will make your home more eco-friendly

Quick changes that will make your home more eco-friendly

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed – don’t. It’s easier and cheaper than you think

If you’re feeling overwhelmed – don’t. It’s easier and cheaper than you think

Quick changes that will make your home more eco-friendly

Turn it all off

Unplug devices and non-essential appliances. You’ll be amazed at the difference in energy consumption. Essentially, if it’s plugged in it’s drawing electricity and that includes standby mode.

Invest in eco-friendly appliances

If you’ve recently looked at buying a new dishwasher, fridge or washing machine you might have noticed that manufactures disclose the energy scores and water usage of the products. When investing in a new appliance take these numbers into account i.e. the higher the grade the higher the environmental impact. Not only will it make a difference to your water and electricity bill but also to your carbon footprint.

Switch to LED light bulbs

Probably one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your home more eco efficient is to switch to LEDs and this includes downlighters. Not only do they last much longer than your conventional bulbs but they are far more energy efficient, saving you time and cash.

Food shop online

Yup, do your grocery shop online and have it delivered. Now, instead of having 50 cars drive to the shop there is one delivery truck that delivers to everyone in the area. Plus, when you food shop online you are less likely to buy more than what you need helping you to waste less.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products

Using harsh and harmful chemicals to clean can have a detrimental effect on the environment as you are simply washing them back into the water supply. This means more purification is needed to be safe for use again. It also means you can’t use it as grey water because some of the chemicals can be harmful to plants. Look out for and try green cleaning products where you can. We highly recommend the earth friendly range from Woolworths that offers 24 eco-cleaning products (they smell incredible) and seven plastic alternatives household items. Plus, good old vinegar and bicarb of soda are miracle cleaners.

Cut down on the oven use

Yes, really. Ovens use huge amounts of energy to heat up and stay at a specific temperature. Every time you open the door it will need another significant amount of energy to get back up to temperature. Great alternatives are appliances like an airfryer that need no pre-heating, and cook food faster. Don’t have an airfryer? You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with just a microwave (and we’re not talking about ready meals).

Compost it

Instead of dumping unwanted food scraps or past it’s sell-by date fruits and veggies in the bin, compost it. It will generate a great natural fertiliser for your garden and it will also cut down on the waste that ends up in landfills.

Grow some of your own food

It can be as simple as just growing your own herbs. You don’t need massive amounts of space – windowsill boxes are a great option for small amounts of veggies and greens. All that compost you’ll be making will come in handy…

Recycle everything you can

You really can recycle a lot more than you think. Before you toss it take a minute to check if there is any way you can repurpose or recycle. It’s a tiny change that can help make a big difference.

Plant a tree

It’s a great cause to support and such an effective and easy way to become more eco-friendly. Playing a part in planting more native trees to replace the ones that have been removed for various reasons is something more people and businesses should be investing in. Not only will it help protect our eco system but also improve the quality of the air we breathe.

Turn it all off

Unplug devices and non-essential appliances. You’ll be amazed at the difference in energy consumption. Essentially, if it’s plugged in it’s drawing electricity and that includes standby mode.

Invest in eco-friendly appliances

If you’ve recently looked at buying a new dishwasher, fridge or washing machine you might have noticed that manufactures disclose the energy scores and water usage of the products. When investing in a new appliance take these numbers into account i.e. the higher the grade the higher the environmental impact. Not only will it make a difference to your water and electricity bill but also to your carbon footprint.

Switch to LED light bulbs

Probably one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your home more eco efficient is to switch to LEDs and this includes downlighters. Not only do they last much longer than your conventional bulbs but they are far more energy efficient, saving you time and cash.

Food shop online

Yup, do your grocery shop online and have it delivered. Now, instead of having 50 cars drive to the shop there is one delivery truck that delivers to everyone in the area. Plus, when you food shop online you are less likely to buy more than what you need helping you to waste less.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products

Using harsh and harmful chemicals to clean can have a detrimental effect on the environment as you are simply washing them back into the water supply. This means more purification is needed to be safe for use again. It also means you can’t use it as grey water because some of the chemicals can be harmful to plants. Look out for and try green cleaning products where you can. We highly recommend the earth friendly range from Woolworths that offers 24 eco-cleaning products (they smell incredible) and seven plastic alternatives household items. Plus, good old vinegar and bicarb of soda are miracle cleaners.

Cut down on the oven use

Yes, really. Ovens use huge amounts of energy to heat up and stay at a specific temperature. Every time you open the door it will need another significant amount of energy to get back up to temperature. Great alternatives are appliances like an airfryer that need no pre-heating, and cook food faster. Don’t have an airfryer? You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with just a microwave (and we’re not talking about ready meals).

Compost it

Instead of dumping unwanted food scraps or past it’s sell-by date fruits and veggies in the bin, compost it. It will generate a great natural fertiliser for your garden and it will also cut down on the waste that ends up in landfills.

Grow some of your own food

It can be as simple as just growing your own herbs. You don’t need massive amounts of space – windowsill boxes are a great option for small amounts of veggies and greens. All that compost you’ll be making will come in handy…

Recycle everything you can

You really can recycle a lot more than you think. Before you toss it take a minute to check if there is any way you can repurpose or recycle. It’s a tiny change that can help make a big difference.

Plant a tree

It’s a great cause to support and such an effective and easy way to become more eco-friendly. Playing a part in planting more native trees to replace the ones that have been removed for various reasons is something more people and businesses should be investing in. Not only will it help protect our eco system but also improve the quality of the air we breathe.

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