The world recently celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Every year, more and more people are encouraged to adopt a more sustainable way of life – and now’s your chance to join them.
By making small changes to your lifestyle and your home, you can help to create a long list of benefits for the environment. Even the smallest changes can really add up in the long run, especially if we all work together to make it happen.
So, how can you get started? We’ve come up with a list of ideas that will give you plenty to think about. Let’s GO for it.
1. Choose energy-efficient appliances
Energy-efficient appliances can help you reduce your energy bills, while cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. They can also help you save precious water (and offer savings on your water bill as well). Many environmental homes in Perth are fitted with energy-efficient appliances and lighting, with real long-term benefits.
To view the energy-efficient and water-efficient properties of an appliance, simply look to see how many stars it has. The more stars, the more efficient it is.
2. Cut down on plastic waste
Plastic is incredibly useful in our day-to-day lives, but it’s also incredibly long-lasting. Single-use plastic (and other varieties) can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose. You can help to cut back on plastic waste by:
- Remembering your reusable shopping bags
- Purchasing reusable mesh produce bags for use when shopping for fruit and veg
- Drinking tap water rather than bottled water, and filling up your water bottle at home
- Using a reusable Keep Cup when buying your morning coffee
- Using beeswax wraps rather than cling film, or storing food in glass containers
3. Recycle whenever possible
New initiatives such as Containers for Change have made recycling more popular than ever, with the opportunity to receive cash for every 10c plastic bottle or container you recycle. You can also recycle soft plastics at many local shopping centres, or simply sort out your recycling at home for collection every fortnight.
Recycling helps to decrease the amount of waste in our landfills, reduces pollution and decreases levels of harmful microplastics in our ecosystems. There are so many benefits to recycling – and it’s so easy to do.
4. Leave your car at home
If you’ve been considering riding your bike to work or taking public transport, why not give it a go. You’ll not only cut down on air pollution, but you’ll also save money on petrol (great news), parking costs and more. It’s also a great way to add some exercise into your day, too.
5. Consider your wardrobe
The clothing industry is responsible for up to 20% of wastewater worldwide. Discarded clothing is often left in landfills, taking up to hundreds of years to biodegrade. The fast fashion industry means clothes are now available cheaper than ever before – but the long-term cost can really add up.
By considering your wardrobe and buying quality pieces that are designed to be re-worn over many seasons, you can really help to make a difference.
6. Invest in solar power
WA is one of the sunniest capital cities in the world, with the opportunity to convert this energy into a renewable power source. While solar power is a large investment in sustainable homes, it definitely pays for itself in the long run by lowering your electricity bills. You can store excess energy in batteries too, so you don’t need to worry about powering your home on cloudy days.
7. Reduce your food waste
Every year, up to a huge 7.6 million tonnes of food goes to waste across Australia. Luckily, there are things we can all do to reduce our waste. These include:
- Planning meals ahead and only shopping for specific ingredients
- Storing fruits and vegetables properly to ensure they don’t over-ripen quickly
- Taking leftovers for lunch
- Cooking meals in bulk and freezing them – this is also useful for long days when you can’t be bothered cooking
- Investing in a compost bin or worm farm to turn your food scraps into a nutrient-dense fertiliser for your plants
- Planting a veggie or herb garden at home (think tomatoes, basil, mint, rosemary, carrots, lettuce, potatoes… the list goes on)
8. Supporting eco-friendly companies
Many food, clothing, cleaning and other brands are eco-friendly, with scores more being added to the list every year. Eco-friendly companies help to create a healthier future for both people and planet by carefully evaluating their impact on the environment.
Eco-friendly companies offer transparent accountability in their operations (such as a B Corp certification), with a commitment to lowering emissions, recycling whenever possible and diverting waste from landfill. By supporting these companies, you can encourage more people to jump on board and do the right thing for our future.
Sustainability starts at home
At GO Homes, we’re proud to be a leading home builder in Perth with a passion for designing and building sustainable homes. This includes installing quality, energy-efficient appliances and ensuring every home is built to a guaranteed minimum 6 Star energy rating. This means lower household bills through greater energy efficiency, offering a real win/win for both the environment and your back pocket.
If you’d like to see our energy-efficient homes up close, make sure to visit our many display homes across Perth. You can also view our home designs online for even more inspiration. We’re ready to help you GO for it and live a more sustainable lifestyle. To find out more, talk to our friendly team today.
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