Updated: Jun 29
It's no secret that the Australian landscape is one of our most valuable resources. As a result, there are many Australians who take an interest in sustainability and environmental responsibility when it comes to their home. In this post, we let you in on our top 5 sustainable but affordable ideas to implement in your current or future home.
1. Smart home technology: I bet you weren't expecting this one. If you already have your home and are looking to make a small change with a big impact, with #smartdevices like Nest thermostats or Amazon Echo with Alexa Voice Services your life will be easier than ever before! Monitoring and adjusting your energy usage should be as routine as brushing your teeth.
2. Self sufficient living: Living off of solar power can save money as well as help reduce your carbon footprint! The best part about this is that it's not difficult to do at all! All you need is some sunlight and the right tools for the job.
3. Energy efficient windows and doors: reduce heat transfer by up to 50% with low E glass or argon gas fillings in each window frame as well as insulated frames, sashes, and storm windows.
4. The #Minimalistic Garden: A garden can be one of the most relaxing places on your property – without spending a lot! You don’t need much more than some soil, seeds and water (or fertilizer if you want). This is the easiest and best way to give back to the earth and create a happy and healthy surrounding for your home. Not to mention, saving you money and reducing plastic waste by producing your supply of fresh herbs or vegetables.
We've left our favourite for last:
5. #Geothermal heating and cooling systems: use underground piping to create renewable energy from temperature differences in soil or rock below ground level
This one sounds complex, but is actually an ancient technique and, when done right, allows the home to be completely without artificial heating and cooling systems.
Imagine a home in which the temperature is always pleasant, yet the heating and cooling system is nowhere to be seen. It's a system that performs efficiently but doesn’t require much maintenance.
How does it work?
As we move through the seasons, outdoor temperatures rise and fall dramatically, but underground temperatures are much more consistent, thanks to the insulating properties of the earth. A geothermal system capitalizes on these constant temperatures to provide “free” energy.
A geothermal heat pump is a natural way to keep your home cozy all year round. Unlike traditional heating methods, the ground maintains an average temperature of 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that instead of heating fuel being burnt by the furnace in order release warmth into your house, you're pumping water from below the earth and exchanging it for air with heated coils which will warm up any room!
The process can be reversed as well (cooling). The same device works just like on hot days because it sucks cold air out and blows warmer air back inside through vents; but now its working opposite - sucking warmer outside temperatures in where they get cooled off before blowing coolness within our homes!
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