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How to be more environmentally friendly at home

As climate talks take centre stage at just about every political event across the globe, it can become difficult to take a back seat in making changes in our own lives. There are so many avenues that are effortless to take to reduce our impact on the environment which can also save us money at the same time.

If you're looking for some direction or a few ideas on how to be more environmentally friendly in your day to day life, then there are a few great tips for you listed down below.

Use Smart Outlets or a 'Switch it Off' Routine

At the top of your environmentally friendly to-do list should be limiting your energy use in all forms. Consider cutting the time you use air conditioning, heater, and even video game consoles and you'll be reducing your carbon footprint but also saving money at the same time.

A big tip here is to head to your local electronics store like JB HiFi and invest in a few smart power outlets. These are a major help in saving electricity as you'll be able to see how much power you're using and be able to turn the switches off from your phone or have them set on a timer.

If you're less inclined to invest in a few smart outlets, the next best thing is to get into a habit or set a routine where you always have your devices and outlets switched off. When you leave a room, take just a few seconds to switch everything off.

You might not know it, but your appliances on standby could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year. 

Compost or Grow Your Own Vegetables

Each year Australians waste over 5 million tonnes of food. This food waste causes major environmental harm in more ways than one. We're using resources to grow foods that we don't consume, but the foods are also left to break down and increase CO2 output.

A way to reduce your impact here and be more environmentally friendly is by using an EasyShed to help you compost your uneaten foods, or grow your own. This way you're making use of the foods you don't eat, and can use the compost to more effectively grow new fruits and vegetables. 

Say Goodbye to CFL Bulbs

Yes, CFLs were hailed as one of the biggest strides in lighting technology in the early 2000s, but their days are numbered.

When it comes to manufacturing, use and disposal, CFL light bulbs are terrible for the environment. They don't only use more than twice the wattage of comparable LEDs but contain toxic mercury and other harmful chemicals.

You should either routinely replace your CFLs with LEDs as they burn out, or head down to your local hardware store and purchase enough to replace your entire home's lighting. You'll see a major decline in power usage, as well as improved, crisp illumination from your new LED lighting. 

Take Public Transport

As we all know, public transport is the way to go when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint, so consider taking the bus, train or tram more often. You'll be sharing your ride with lots of other people, which means they've all forgone using their petrol-guzzling cars for a more environmentally friendly alternative.

To make this change even more satisfying, you could save upwards of $18,000 by switching entirely to public transport rather than using your car every day. 

Have Coles and Woolworths Deliver to You

The average grocery store delivery truck carries a number of different family's groceries. That could mean five, ten or even twenty fewer cars on the road collecting their shopping each day. This is a great way to reduce your environmental impact whilst also making your life easier at the same time! All you need to do is order your grocery items online and you'll be able to stay home, get some housework done and have everything delivered by dinnertime. 

Recycle Anything You Can

Of course, recycling finds its way on our list. There's no better way to cut back your environmental impact than by stopping recyclables ending up in landfill and forcing new resources to be extracted. Set up a mini recycling area in your kitchen where it's easy for everyone to separate all of their plastics, metals and glass. This way recycling becomes effortless and so does helping out the environment.

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