Simple ways to turn your house into a sustainable home
26 November 2014
Majority of Australian homes are built to work against the climate, not with it. But if we want to preserve nature for future generations, we need to build sustainable homes that will have little to no negative impact on the environment.
Below are some of the ways we can make Australian homes more sustainable.
Start a compost pile
Composting makes a backyard sustainable. It is easy to make a compost pile. You can start by gathering fallen leaves or yard trimmings and layering them. Compost piles are key to organic farming, which is another way to make your home sustainable.
Install sustainable flooring
Aside from the sustainable part, another good reason to choose sustainable flooring is the cost. Majority of flooring suppliers and installers in New South Wales offer floorings made from sustainable materials, like bamboo – a fast-growing renewable resource. Bamboo floors cost less than hardwood flooring, but still offer superior durability and beautiful design. They also provide exceptional insulation and are naturally antimicrobial.
Utilise the sun
Maximising natural light is a great way to save on energy costs. Installing mirrors on strategic locations and adding more windows are two ways to achieve this. Another option is to add skylights. Skylights can be expensive, yes; however, the energy savings on the long run will more than make up for the installation costs.
Use natural and ecofriendly cleaning substances
Chemical and synthetic cleaning materials leave harmful residues that can end up in our water supply. We recommend using natural alternatives like vinegar, which is potent enough to kill mould and bacteria. Baking soda is a good alternative to synthetic air deodorisers.
Making our homes more sustainable is one way to minimise damage to the environment. Apart from contributing to a better future for the generations to come, sustainable homes also have instant benefits like good health and reduced costs. You may contact us today to discuss sustainable flooring options for your home.