Making the decision to go green has many benefits, not only will you be doing the Earth a favour, but you also have the potential to save a lot of money. Becoming eco-friendly doesn’t mean you need to make sacrifices, it just means a shift in perspective towards environmental consciousness.
One of the best ways to look out for the environment, and for your wallet is by carefully considering the energy you use and looking to see if there are any improvements to be made.
It may take a bit of an investment to go eco-friendly, but the results will more than make up for the expenditure in the long run.
Meanwhile, you can feel great knowing that you’ve done something awesome for the environment.
Install Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
LED bulbs are a recent technology that has been around for a little while, however, until recently they have been somewhat out of reach for most renovators price range. Luckily prices have dropped dramatically in the last 10 years, giving consumers all the benefits without breaking the bank. LEDs are hailed for being incredibly efficient, in fact, they use 80% less energy than a standard light bulb.
Not only do they use less energy, but LED lights also last longer, with most manufacturers claiming their lights will clock in upwards of 50,000 hours. So they use less energy and don’t need to be changed as often, which means less waste, however, they also use less harmful chemicals than other types of light bulbs, it’s a triple win!
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are one of the first things many people envision when they hear the term eco-home. They provide clean green energy and in the best conditions can allow you to sell power back to the grid. Living in Australia means we have the perfect climate to make the most of solar panels, and in fact, we clock in one of the highest amounts of sunlight hours in the world. A consideration is that unlike LEDs, solar panels will take a fair bit longer to pay themselves off, however, when you consider the benefit to the environment you can see the positives in a long term investment.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Heating and cooling your home is one of the biggest ways to use energy and at times it can be pretty easy to leave your air con on for longer than you really need, particularly in those chillier winter months. The best way to avoid wasting energy through unnecessary heating is by installing a programmable thermostat which keeps your temperature steady when you need it most.
Keeping your temperature at a nice steady 23 degrees saves a lot more energy than blasting your aircon on cool mode for short periods of time. Thermostats can also be programmed to turn on when you need them most and turn off when you don’t need them. Imagine coming home to a nice cozy home that warms up just before you put the keys in the door, and cools down after you get tucked into bed.
Insulation is one of the most intelligent ways to boost your home’s green rating. It provides a barrier between you and the great outdoors and makes the most of your air conditioning by trapping in the temperature that you desire.
Insulation isn’t just about what’s between your walls, it can also come down to curtains, windows as well as rugs, which prevent heat transfer through the floor.
Make Good Choices in the Kitchen
There are a lot of things you can do in the kitchen that will help the planet in the long term. Composting is an obvious one, which can be used to fertilise soil for growing your own veggies. Utilising reusable bags, containers, bottles and coffee cups is a great step that drastically reduces your footprint by cutting down on disposable waste.
Also, consider energy usage. How are your fridge and oven rated? Some appliances use more energy than others, so doing a bit of research before buying appliances can be very beneficial. Consider small steps such as keeping the oven closed while cooking. Opening an oven for a small amount of time can cause it to lose a significant amount of heat, meaning it will have to work harder to heat up again. The same goes for your fridge, try not to leave it open for any longer than necessary.
If you have any questions about becoming eco-friendly or would like to know more about installation or maintenance of energy efficient electronics and appliances, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.