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Give your home an eco-friendly makeover.

Give your home an eco-friendly makeover.

Do you want to “go green” but feel overwhelmed by the thought of overhauling your entire lifestyle? Reducing your carbon footprint can be a lot easier than you think. Your home is the perfect place to start, there are an array of home eco upgrades you can make. Here are a few guidelines.

Lighting

This is probably one of the easiest steps to implement at home from the get-go. Systematically start replacing your current light bulbs with LED lights. They are expensive but they literally last years and use about 80% less energy than the typical light bulb, considerably lowering your electricity bill. Also, switch off lights when you leave a room, it seems like a no-brainer but it’s surprising how much energy is spent on lamps, lights, electric equipment left running when not in use.

Water

Saving water is not something we often give a lot of thought to until there’s a drought. But it should, in fact, be a priority to reduce your daily water usage at home.¬† Grey water systems and Jo-Jo tanks that collect rainwater throughout the year are ideal. You can even get professionals to install these systems for you if you’re nervous about a DIY job. However, if you’re not ready to make any financial commitments just yet, start with the basics by taking shorter showers; flushing the toilet less often (each flush uses 6-14 litres); checking all your taps and pipes for leaks, as well as reducing the water pressure.

Garden

With increasing droughts, more people are opting for water-wise gardens by getting rid of their water-thirsty lawns, replacing it with landscaped surfaces, rock gardens, indigenous plants and succulents that require very little to no water but are still aesthetically pleasing.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Create your own compost heap with organic leftovers, which can be used to fertilise your garden.

Try reducing the amount of products you buy that are individually wrapped; either in plastic containers or in cling wrap. If you must use plastic bags & containers, try and reuse them as often as possible. Single use plastics  (straws, plastic cutlery, take away containers) are some of the biggest contributors to the waste in our landfills and our oceans.

By Denis Quayle
Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne Business Owner