To ‘Go Green’ doesn’t mean you have to give up the luxuries of the urban life. In fact, every small change you make can save you money as well as contribute to a sustainable planet. Here is a look at five ways you can ‘Go Green’ with your new home and save some dosh in 2016.
Most new housing developments require each home to be Six Star Compliant, but what does this mean? Well, each set of house plans are sent to a certifier who completes an assessment on your homes energy efficiency. If it does not meet the minimum requirements, changes may be made to meet Six Star Compliance. For instance, altering the colour of your roof from a dark colour to a light colour can change the amount of heat your home attracts. A small change such as this can help with your homes energy efficiency.
Solar hot water units do come at a cost. The positive is that over the course of your homes life, the benefits out weigh the initial cost. “By using the sun’s energy to heat water you will reduce your household hot water bills by more than 60 per cent each year, a saving of around $200-$300 each year for the average family,” according to the Sustainable Living Guide. On cloudy days, a gas or electric booster kicks in to ensure you are never without hot water. You may be eligible for a Government rebate so check with your local authority.
When it comes to gardens, watering every second day definitely helps reduce water consumption. However, what if you could reduce it further and have your garden looking the greenest in the street? Think low water intake plants such as Cacti, Native Australian plants or ‘fake’ lawn instead of the real deal. Not only do they reduce water intake, they also cut time spent gardening. Herb and veggie patches also contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. Not only do they reduce the cost of shopping, they are both convenient and chemical free.
Recycling has been drilled into us since the introduction of the wheelie bin with the yellow lid. But what if there is more to recycling? By mulching you can take biodegradable waste and break it down in your own backyard. Plastic containers can store leftovers or jars may be used as vases for flowers. Sell items in your household that you no longer want on e-bay, or donate to the Salvation Army for re-use. These may be changes you already implement in your home, and are a large contribution to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Going ‘Green’ doesn’t have to be a chore. Introducing a greener way of life to your children is an amazing way to help the planet and benefit your own home. Getting them involved can be as easy as mulching or recycling food scraps. Planting herb or veggie patches is also a great initiative for kids. This way they can watch the food grow and eventually pick it from the garden to eat. Encouraging kids to have shorter showers, or turning the lights off when they are not using a room can also have an effect on energy consumption.