5 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint at Home

We should all be looking at our lifestyle to see how we can reduce our carbon footprint and there are indeed many ways you can make a small difference. While one person won’t make much of a difference by switching lights off when not needed, a collective effort would certainly improve things, and with that in mind, here are a few ways you can help the environment.

  1. Exterior Lighting – If you search online, you’ll find suppliers of solar powered LED garden lighting, which is a great way of saving energy, plus you don’t have to turn the lights on; they come on automatically when the light reduction reaches a certain point. You can also install motion sensors and that means lights are only on when people are around.
  2. Extra Roof Insulation – A simple, yet very effective way to reduce your energy use, the added layer of insulation will help to retain the desired temperature, which will certainly save energy. Your local roofing contractor would be happy to install a layer of composite insulation, which will make all the difference for a small investment.
  3. Continuous Flow Hot Water – Also known as ‘water on demand’, this system does not require a water tank, rather it heats the water as it passes through the pipes, giving you all the hot water you need. The amount of energy that is wasted when you keep heating a whole tank of water is considerable. Talk to KBC Plumbing Albury-Wodonga branch, who would be happy to send a technician to your home where you can discuss the many options.
  4. Solar Power – Tens of thousands of Australian homeowners have discovered the many benefits of the clean and renewable energy the sun provides, and for an initial investment of a few thousand dollars, you can save as much as $2,000 per year. Aside from these huge savings, you are greatly reducing your carbon footprint, and are no longer dependent on the huge energy corporations.
  5. Double Glazing – A sizeable investment yes, but it will pay dividends in the long run; the amount of heat transfer through a single pane of glass is significant and almost 50% of your exterior surfaces are glass. The sealed unit is filled with argon gas and this makes a very effective barrier to heat transfer, thus saving your air-conditioning and HVAC system from working too hard, and each unit is tailor made to fit the opening, ensuring a perfect fit. Some homeowners claim double glazing saves up to 40% of their annual energy consumption and that is a saving worth making.

With the emergence and development of solar power, we will soon be able to switch from traditional energy to a clean and renewable source that will not harm the environment, but until that day arrives, the above ideas will certainly result in reducing your carbon footprint. The Australian government is very much behind the initiative to stop using fossil-fuel energy and will give homeowners a grant if they convert to solar solutions.

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