Simple ways to reduce household wastage
Whether you own a home or are living in a rental property there are many quick and easy ways to reduce your household wastage. Reducing waste and energy usage is not only good for the environment, but can help you save money in the short and long term.
Sustainability does not have to involve buying the latest in energy efficient appliances or installing a rainwater tank. Sometimes the best solutions are the littlest ones.
Switch it off or turn it down
Minimising artificial lighting can reduce your power bill drastically. This might mean turning off the lights when you leave the the room or bringing back the romance and having a candlelit dinner once a week.
Entertainment units littered about the home should be switched off properly when they are not in use. Each computer, television or charger left on when not being used can add to the power bill.
You can also use the coldest and shortest setting on the washing machine each time you run a load to save power and water. Even filling the kettle up per cup of tea instead of to the brim can save money over time.
Let nature help out
Instead of powering up the clothes dryer, utilise the clothesline to air-dry your washing.
Kitchen wastage can be avoided with a compost bin or a worm farm. If a worm farm makes you a bit squeamish you can try creating glorious leftover feasts.
Heaters and air conditioner usage can be minimised by drawing the curtains, which will help to stabilise the temperature indoors. In the coldest winter and warmest summer hours it is best to have the curtains drawn as the outside temperature has less effect on the indoor temperature.
Replace old fixtures around the house including shower heads and refrigerator seals. Fix all those leaky taps and switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
If you have found your electricity bills are a little high, consider insulating your hot water cylinder by wrapping it up to keep it warm. You might also want to check the insulation in the rest of the house to ensure it's up to standard.
Make sure you take a thorough look around your home to repair any holes or cracks to stop warm air escaping and cold breezes flowing through. These gaps can be found anywhere there are joins such as windows, doors and floorboards.
Making these minor adjustments can also be beneficial if you are looking to sell your property. Energy efficient homes can be very attractive in the market and are a fantastic selling point for your home.