How to transform your home into a sustainable space
In celebration of Earth Day this April, we are looking at 7 ways you can lessen your individual impact on the climate and create a more environmentally friendly home.
There are a variety of simple changes you can make in your daily life to reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the planet. From reducing water usage to utilising energy-efficient appliances, there are many ways to create a more environmentally friendly home. By taking these steps, you can help do your part to help preserve the natural beauty of our planet for generations to come.
Set up a composting system
The rubbish in our landfill systems is heavily compacted, meaning it takes a long time for food waste to break down. This produces excess methane gas, which is then emitted in a way that is harmful to the environment. One way to cut down on landfill is to set up your own composting system at home. Food breaks down much quicker in a dedicated composting environment and makes for a great addition to your garden. If you don’t have enough garden or outdoor space, consider instead:
- Talking to your building’s body corporation about setting up a communal space
- Pairing with a friend, neighbour or family member who has space nearby for shared composting space
Reduce water wastage
Being conscious of your water usage can make a significant environmental impact. Some simple ways you can reduce your water usage includes:
- Fixing leaking taps
- Install grey water or rainwater tanks, harnessing excess water and recycling it for use in your home or garden.
- Using your washing machine and dishwasher sparingly and with only full loads
- Using a timer to keep showers under 5 minutes
- Installing low flow shower heads and taps
Switch from single-use plastics to reusable alternatives
Single-use plastics (straws, takeaway containers and plastic bags) can take up to 1,000 years to break down and they often can’t be recycled, heading straight for landfill. Investing in reusable alternatives at home can help you to cut down your contribution to landfill. Some ways this can be done include:
- Storing leftovers in reusable containers or with bees wax wraps as opposed to disposable plastic
- Replacing single-use plastic straws with washable ones
- Making your own cleaning products and storing them in reusable bottles
Make your home ‘smart’
Using ‘smart’ lighting, heating and cooling systems can help to reduce energy use by up to 50%. This is because homeowners can optimise the energy efficiency in their homes through only using their connected systems when applicable.
The theme for Earth Day 2023 is "invest in our planet". The theme is focused on engaging governments, businesses and the more than
1 billion people who participate annually in Earth Day to do their part. Visit www.earthday.org to learn more about Earth Day 2023.