It’s really important for us all to think about our impact on the environment, this planet it the only one we have so it’s up to each of us individually to make some small changes to reach a larger goal. Lucky for us, it can be easier than we think. Here are some small, easy first steps to make your home more ‘green’ and be more environmentally friendly.
1. Invest in solar:
The number one way to cut household energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint is install solar panels and a solar hot water system. Solar is becoming increasingly more popular for good reason, not only is it more ‘green’, it also has the benefit of major savings in the long term. All energy generated by your solar panels is used by your household with no surcharge and any excess power generated used to credit your future electricity bills. With Energy prices set to exponentially rise, the installation costs will be paid back to you in the form of savings within a short period of time.
For investors looking to make their investment more cost effective and green, solar panels have the added incentive of depreciation – meaning more back in your pocket.
2. Organise your rubbish bins
This is a very simple solution but something that not nearly enough of us do. Create separate bins in your kitchen for general rubbish for landfill, food scraps and recyclables. By having these separate bins in the same spot it’s a constant reminder to make sure that we aren’t clogging up landfill with bottles and materials that can be recyclable. Added bonus – use your food scraps to make compost to fertilise the garden saves you on store bought fertilizer.
3. Ditch the clothes dryer
Hanging your clothes outside on the washing line rather than relying on the dryer is a fantastic way to be more environmentally friendly at home. Whilst the dryer is a seemingly harmless household appliance, for every hour a dryer is in use it produces 2.3kg of carbon emissions! Think about if you really need to use your dryer or if the washing line will do the same job.
4. Update your insulation
Similar to solar panels, updating your insulation in your home is a more substantial way to make your home environmentally friendly – and one that will also bring added financial savings. Update your insulation to thermal wool which is designed to help keep the warmth in and protect your property against seasonal damage such as damp which not only means you don’t need to use the heating as much but also expensive repairs could be avoided.
If you update your insulation to thermal in your investment property, this too can be claimed on depreciation.