3 ways to make your home more sustainable
A hot topic on the minds of many people around the country is adapting to a more sustainable life.
Making a few changes to your home could potentially add to its value, allowing it to appeal to a wider range of buyers. This is extremely important to consider when you are selling a house.
It may seem like an expensive process to make your home greener, but did you know many state governments have rebates and incentives available for sustainable energy?
For example, in New South Wales, owners of real estate can receive a benefit through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. This helps property owners to cover the purchase costs for features such as solar panels and hot water systems.
If you're looking to add a few green features to your home, here are three you may want to think about.
Install solar panels
Throughout the country there has been a growing trend of installing solar panels on properties in order to reduce energy consumption.
This has many benefits, as not only will you harness the natural power from the sun, but you can increase your property's value too.
In April this year, data released by Clean Energy Regulator showed over 1 million households in Australia have installed solar photovoltaic panels, demonstrating the growth in popularity over the years.
Buy a heat pump
Keeping your household's supply of hot water at a warm temperature can be a significant expense.
However, by installing a heat pump for your home, you can cut down this figure dramatically.
Heat pumps use approximately one-third of the energy of a standard electric water heating system, which makes them a great addition to your sustainable home!
Fortunately for owners of residential property, this is another sustainable energy option covered by the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme across the country.
Create a garden
Have you ever wanted to grow your own produce and enjoy the tastes of your own hard work? Then why not consider creating a vegetable and herb garden in your home?
If you set up a compost bin for all of your food scraps, you can easily feed it back into the soil for a plentiful harvest.
Don't forget to cover some of your produce with nets and fences to keep pesky pests out!
Vegetable gardens are also great fun for families with kids, as they can learn on the job while helping out mum and dad.