Global warming is a problem that we can all help solve. There are many achievable, economic and practical things we can do to stop being Bigfoot while preventing waste and saving money in the process.
Shrinking our carbon footprint ideally starts at home. Not only does it save you money, it can transform your home into a safe, healthy, water and energy efficient domain.
Slash your electricity, gas and water bills and enjoy better indoor air quality, produce less waste and minimise your impact on the environment.
Having a good window system can make a huge difference, reducing between 30 and 40 per cent heat loss in winter and cool air loss in summer.
“A trend towards high specification glass and double glazing is making a vast difference to performance and buyer interest as home design moves towards energy efficiency,” says Christina Penrose of RE/MAX Profile Real Estate.
Improving kitchens and bathrooms can really boost your ‘green credentials’ and Government rebates make it easier to install solar panels, water heating and water tanks so that collecting your own water has never been easier.
“Installation of water-saving fittings and energy efficient lighting are simple things most of us can do. Not only are these items relatively affordable in the short-term, long-term they are a real money saver” explains Christina.
Christina’s tips for greener general renovations include:
- Use recycled timbers
- Second hand eBay finds
- Paints and Floor finishes that are free from harsh chemicals