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5 Top green tips for the home and garden

Save energy in the home and gardenWe’ve all heard it time and time again; being eco-friendly is one of the most important things we can do to help our planet, and we should all try and do more throughout our daily lives in order to do so.

And, although I’m sure many of us may think that we’re being environmentally conscious individuals by recycling our plastic and cardboard items every now and then, it’s probably fair to say that deep down, we all know that we’re probably not doing as much as we could do.

So, in order to help you to become more eco-friendly this year, here’s a guide to five small and easy positive ‘green’ changes that you can do at home, that’ll make a world of difference to our world – try at least one of them today and see how good it feels!

1. Shower Challenge

Australia has some of the lowest rainfall of any populated continent, so being extra careful with this precious resource is really important.

Set your family a ‘shower challenge’ by taking an egg timer into the bathroom to see who can have a shower before the egg timer runs out. Let the kids know that no cheating is allowed, and that you’ll be checking to make sure they washed properly!

2. Switch Off All Your Appliances

I bet if you take a good look at all of the electrical appliances around your home, you’ll see that many of those that you aren’t currently using have been left on stand-by. After all, putting your appliance on stand-by when you’re not using it means that the item it completely turned off, right? Wrong. Because, in fact, leaving an electrical appliance on stand-by means that it is still using electricity and it is still in working order.

So, if you want to become more eco-friendly around the home, then switch off those items properly – at the wall! Not only will doing so help the environment – by saving an estimated 800kg per year of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere – but doing so will also help to save you money, extend the life of your appliances and reduce the risk of fire in your home.

3. Kitchen Scrap Compost

Food waste that ends up in a landfill doesn’t biodegrade without consequences. The decontamination process produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Make use of all your kitchen waste by using it to make your own compost, instead of allowing it to be trucked off to the landfill. Known as ‘gardeners gold’ compost made with your veggie peelings, breads and grains, used coffee grounds and eggshells, enriches soil fertility and will give your plants a shot of high-powered, plant loving nutrients.

Speed up the composting process by adding a few earthworms – the kids will love it!

4. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

I know it has been said a million times before, but recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment, but the benefits should not underestimated. For example, the energy saved by recycling just one plastic drink bottle would power a computer for 25 minutes.

5. Buy Chemical Free

Buying organic, chemical free food, cleaning materials and health and beauty products will not only have a multitude of benefits for you and your family’s health, but will benefit the environment too.

Here are some of the best reasons to start buying organic:

  • Organic food contains twice the nutritional value of non organic foods
  • Organic foods taste better
  • Organic farming reduces soil erosion
  • Pesticides used in non-organic farming have a dramatic effect on aquatic farming and ecology
  • Organic foods are becoming the cost effective option, as they don’t reflect hidden costs such as pesticide regulation and testing

Experts say it can take as long as 21 days for a new activity to become habit, and up to 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Stick with your resolutions and your new green habits will become second nature in no time.

 

Chloe Marchbank, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Chloe specialises in providing tips and advice on how to be more eco-friendly around the home, by using companies such as DATS Environmental Services.