Most people think it takes significant changes to make your home more eco-friendly. In addition, it can be hard to understand where to start with the pressures of going plastic-free and cutting back on animal products.
Fortunately, there are small changes you can implement that can make a significant difference. In this guide, we share seven products you can purchase today to help you make your home more eco-friendly.
According to Clean Up Australia, Australians are the second highest waste producer globally, sending upwards of 690 kilograms to waste landfills each year. That figure equates to roughly 429,000 plastic bags each hour.
Fortunately, most major supermarkets have implemented a self-imposed ban on single-use plastic bags and offer shoppers paper bags instead. So, to do your part, consider picking up a stack of reusable shopping bags the next time you visit the shops.
To decrease your home’s energy consumption, consider replacing your light bulbs with eco-friendly LED lights. LED lights use only 2-17 watts of energy which is about 1/3 of incandescent light bulbs.
They also last significantly longer than incandescent and CFL lights. Changing your home’s lighting is one small step to making your home more eco-friendly and is kinder to the environment. In addition, the change can also reduce your electricity bills.
Most batteries you buy at the shops can contain harmful metals such as lead and mercury. These toxic metals make them complicated to dispose of and recycle without harming the environment.
Fortunately, rechargeable batteries are kind to the environment because you can reuse them many times. By investing in rechargeable batteries for your home, your contribution to landfills becomes much smaller.
When typical cleaning products enter the water system after going down the drain, they contribute to drinking water quality. As a result, water treatment plants struggle to remove the toxins in large volumes.
Which then causes them to build up over time, impacting plant and animal life. Eco-friendly cleaning products don’t contain the same damaging chemicals that cause pollution to the earth, making them safer and more sustainable.
An easy and effective way to make your home more eco-friendly is to start recycling and composting. To help you stay consistent with these, make sure to put your recycling and compost bin close to your garbage.
If you’re unsure what can be recycled or put into compost, look into your local council to ensure you’re placing waste in the right spot. In addition to the benefits of recycling, composting helps to improve soil quality and reduce plant diseases and pests, reducing the need for chemical fertilisers.
Several benefits come with switching to solar. One of the most dramatic benefits is to the environment. There are no direct greenhouse gas emissions because sunlight produces electricity rather than burning fossil fuels when using solar power.
Once you’ve installed solar panels onto your roof, they convert sunlight into electricity cleanly. Furthermore, households and small businesses across Australia that install renewable energy may qualify for renewable power incentives.
In Australia, heating and cooling make up roughly 40% of home energy use. By adopting energy-saving measures, you can save money and cut down on energy wastage at home. An excellent place to start is by understanding your energy bill and identifying energy hot spots in your home.
Once you know where to begin, consider making minor changes to see immediate results. These can include upgrading your indoor and outdoor blinds and curtains. The right set of blinds can help keep your home’s temperature regulated, so you’re not running to the thermostat every time the weather changes.
Small changes can make a big difference when trying to make your home more eco-friendly. All About Shade can help you get one step closer with a range of versatile blinds available in various materials to help keep the temperature of your house regulated.
To arrange a free quote on energy saving outdoor blinds, fill out the “Free Measure & Quote” form, and one of our friendly team members will get in touch.