5 Eco-Friendly Home Ideas

5 Eco-Friendly Home Ideas

Building a green home in Australia can be quite a challenge. But keep in mind that a sustainable house will help both the environment and your wallet.

Here are five eco-friendly ideas that you can incorporate into your home.

1. Choose low or non-VOC paints

Lead paint is not the only paint that is hazardous to your health. Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs are chemicals that contain carbon which evaporates into the air at room temperature and can contribute to poor air quality. VOCs can cause health issues such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea. A lot of paints, sprays, scents, upholstered furniture and carpets contain VOCs. You should opt to use paints that have low or zero VOCs.

2. Repurpose materials

You can make your home more eco-friendly by upcycling and repurposing materials around the house to limit your contribution to land fill. Instead of throwing away old, unusable items, why not turn them into DIY projects? You could turn your old sewing machine table into a laptop workstation, or turn an old door frame into a coffee table. You can find many inspirational DIY projects online to ignite your creativity. Plus, you can save money on buying furniture!  

3. Add proper insulation

Adding proper insulation into your green home is the most practical and cost-effective way to make your house more energy-efficient. Insulation serves as a barrier to heat flow. This is essential to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Insulation is not just limited to the roof, you can also insulate your walls and floors for extreme energy efficiency, which can help lower your monthly electricity bills.  

4. Consider installing solar panels

Take advantage of the sun by installing solar panels in your home. The location and the construction of your house will determine how much solar energy you can collect. While these solar panels are expensive at first, in the long-term they can help you save money. There are also government grants for sustainable houses that have solar panels, including rebates and feed-in tariff schemes.

5. Invest in water-efficient fixtures

A green house isn’t complete without water-efficient fixtures such as low-flow faucets, shower heads and flush systems. Investing in these devices will cut down your water consumption and save money too.

Final word

Going green doesn’t necessarily mean more expense. Think about the amount of money you can save in the long run while also helping to save the environment for future generations. 

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