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The impact that we have on the environment 50 years from now is dependant on the actions that we take today. We live our lifestyles and become complacent to the way things operate. When in fact, we can do more to enhance our own quality of life, as well as the quality of life for future generations. The best place to for us to start is in the home. The way that we use lights, control heat and use appliances affects the carbon footprint and emissions. You have the opportunity to change the future for the better by implementing some green-friendly methods to your home.

 

Learn how to increase natural light inside your home.

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Investing in wider windows

 

Bigger windows are a great way to let in more natural light. Open the curtains or shutters wide to let as much light in as possible during the day to keep your home bright and cheerful!

Investing in skylights

Rather than depend on artificial light to brighten up your home throughout the day, install skylights that will brighten up your home with the light of the sun rays. Several styles are available and it adds a great aesthetic to your home by bringing the outdoor visuals indoors, while allowing you to reduce your energy dependency on artificial lighting.

Placing more mirrors and glass objects in and around your home.

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You want to maximise the amount of light that is coming into your property. Placing mirrors around your home and glass objects will reflect more light to better illuminate your home.

Paint the interior of your home in brighter colours.

The colours that is used inside your home will brighten the aesthetics from the natural light coming inside your home. Choose colours that will reflect light, rather than darker colours that will absorb light and increase your dependency to use artificial light.

Use energy efficient light solutions.

 

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Learn how to maintain more heat inside your home during cooler months.

When the cool temperature starts to creep in during the winter months, we are immediately forced to find ways to keep warm. In most modern households, people will immediately opt to turn on their electric heaters to keep their homes warm. The issue is the types of heaters that people use, as well as their heating methods consumes a lot of energy. There are other options people can use to keep warm including:

Using a hot water bottle.

Hot water bottles are great for maintaining and sharing heat. Hot water bottles can instantly increase your body heat and transfer heat into your blankets and quilt covers, increasing your level of warmth and comfort.

Investing in warm blankets, cushions, quilts and duvets.

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A simple, yet underrated method to keep warm and reduce your dependency on energy. Investing in warm covers such as duck feather duvets or woollen blankets can greatly increase your warmth and cosiness.

Using a humidifier.

Humidifiers are great for keeping moisture and warmth in the air. Using a heater with a humidifier, or using a humidifier throughout the day when natural heat is being absorbed by the house will allow the heat to be maintained within your home for several hours, minimising the dependency for switching on a heater.

Investing in electric heaters that maintains the heat within the room.

There are times when you will need to use a heating solution. However, the type of heater that you will use will impact how long you will need to keep the heater operational. Electric heaters  like convector or oil heaters are great since they heat up and circulate the air that is within the room. The room can increase to a warm temperature within a few minutes. You can switch off the heater and maintain the heat for a few hours afterwards. These heaters work well when a humidifier is used with them.

Investing in glazed windows.

Often referred to as double glazed windows, they are great for maintaining the heat within your home. Depending on the level of glazing (double, triple or even quadruple), your home will be able to catch and maintain natural heat from the day and keep it within your home. One thing to be cautious of is the climate area your home is based in. During the warmer months, glazed windows may capture too much heat, thus making it uncomfortable to within your home.

Sealing any draft areas around the home.

Don’t let drafts within your home leave you out in the cold. Try to identify any gaps in doors, windows, walls, the roof or any other places where heat may be escaping. Find sealing solutions that will maintain the proper heat within your home.

Learn how to reduce heat during the warmer months.

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During the warmer months in spring or summer, people will seek relief by switching on fans or air conditioning. These devices will be left on for hours at a time and consuming a lot of energy along the way. Consider other ways to keep cool such as:

Installing better home ventilation

Getting the cool breeze coming through your home will depend on the way your home’s ventilation is set up. Have the breeze flow through windows, doors or other openings within your home to keep the inside of your place cool.

Using blinds, shutters or dark heavy curtains.

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Prevent your home from heating up like an oven by installing blinds, shutters or dark heavy curtains to keep the light and heat from entering your home.

Invest in ceiling insulation.

Ceiling insulation can cut your energy bill consumption by 45%. They are great for reducing the heat in the summer, as well as maintaining the heat during the winter.

Be strict with your recycling habits.

Encourage recycling habits within your home by recycling bottles, cans, paper, compost and cardboard. Separate them into different bins and dispose them to the appropriate recycling centres.

Improve your lifestyle habits and practices.

Be aware how your lifestyle habits are contributing to your household's energy consumption.

Avoid using your dryer.

Each washing cycle of the dryer can consume a large amount of energy per cycle. Try to dry your clothes outdoors as often as possible. If you do need to use an electric dryer, use it sparingly and purchase dryers that are energy efficient.

Hot water.

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Many households hot water systems run through electric boilers. The more hot water you use, the more energy you will consume. You can reduce your hot water consumption by minimising your bathing time in the shower. It is estimated that a person uses up to 25 litres per minute when they shower. The energy consumption from hot water can account greatly impact your household’s energy bill. You can see an estimate of tariffs from Sustainability Victoria’s website below.

 

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Oven and electric stovetop use.

Consider reducing your electricity consumption by using electric cookers, slow pressure cookers or even cooking on your outdoor barbecue.

Leverage smart technology.

There are several smarthome options that you can invest in to manage and automate your home. Program your home to close blinds or to turn on heating or air conditioning within your home at certain times. You can even monitor the energy efficiency of your home with the smartphone app.

You have a great opportunity to stamp your green imprint on your home. Commit to making your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly so you can start saving on your bills, while making a positive impact on the environment for future generations.