5 Ways to Green Up Your Household

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  1. Switch to water saving shower heads: By simply switching your shower head to a water saving model you can instantly drop your water usage by up to 30%.  You’ll find them in hardware stores (i.e. Bunnings).  It’s also worth checking with your local water authority, as some authorities sometimes offer free water-saving shower heads in exchange for your old shower head.
  2. Choose cleaning products that are eco-friendly or swap to entirely natural mixtures like bicarbonate of soda and vinegar etc (just Google ‘how to make natural cleaning products’ for some great ideas).
  3. Cut down on waste: It’s estimated that every Australian creates almost half a tonne of household waste every year!  Give some thought to how you could reduce the amount of waste being generated in your house.  Consider composting scraps; being more mindful and thorough with recycling; planning meals for week taking into account what you already have on hand (particularly products nearing their use by date) to cut down on uneaten foods.
  4. Become energy efficient: By making a few basic changes you could make a big difference to the amount of energy that your household uses – and decrease your power bill at the same time!  Consider turning off appliances when not in use (switching off at the wall wherever possible); check the star ratings on appliances; switch to energy-efficient light globes; turn lights off when you leave the room; double glaze windows or invest in well-fitting curtains or blinds to minimise heat loss/gain.  You could even have your own ‘Earth Hour’ every week and turn it into a fun family activity by breaking out the candles, board games, books etc.
  5. Embrace “Nude Food”: Particularly when you have children in the house, it’s quite easy to end up with plastic bags and cling wrap everywhere, but have you considered going “nude” instead?  Toss the cling wraps and one-use plastic bags and invest in reusable containers instead.

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