As we collectively become more aware of our impact on the environment, it can be overwhelming when determining what improvements we can personally make to live more sustainably.
The trick is not to overthink it. The best place to start is right here at home.
There are some really easy adjustments you can action in your home that will make a world of difference to minimise the impact your family has on the environment.
Here are five easy fixes you can make today to create a more sustainable home and environment in the future.
- Start a compost bin. Household waste contributes to tonnes of landfill every year – and so much of it is unnecessary. Not only does composting keep food scraps out of landfill, it also creates a nutrient-rich additive for your garden! Don’t have a garden? Look into a community garden near you to drop off your collection.
- Replace fluorescent light bulbs with LEDs. Not only better for the environment, but better for your wallet too! The new technology means that bulbs now last longer, are far more energy efficient and are recyclable! What’s not to love?
- Draft-proof your windows and doors. Eliminating any gaps in your windows and door seals will help minimise the cost of heating in winter and air conditioning in summer. Investing in curtains or blinds will make a big difference too in naturally insulating your home.
- Switch out toxic cleaning products. Find natural alternatives to your everyday household cleaning products. This includes paints! Eco-paints release fewer toxins reducing indoor air pollution. They’re also less toxic to manufacture. Local councils often hold toxic waste disposal days so that you can ensure that you’re throwing away the products in an eco-friendly way too!
- Install solar panels. Solar energy is a truly renewable energy source. By choosing energy sources like solar panels, you can be assured that you’re powering your home with a clean energy source that emits less carbon emissions than fossil fuels.
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