Eco-reno tips to rave about

So, you’ve decided it’s time to spruce up your space, but why not take this opportunity to make it smarter too? Here are some tips to get you started on your journey to a more efficient home!

Go solar
Consider installing solar panels to harness the power of the sun and generate clean, renewable energy for your home. More than 30% of Australian households now power their homes using the sun1.

Energy efficiency is key
Swap out those energy-guzzling appliances for more energy-efficient models. Look for appliances with high energy star ratings and you could save on your energy bill.

Let there be light
Harness the power of natural light, by installing skylights or large windows to brighten up your space to reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. Not only will this cut down your electricity usage, but it could also give your home a more spacious feel.

Insulation innovation
Keep the temperature just right all year round by investing in proper insulation. Properly insulating your home can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, making it a win-win for both your wallet and the environment.

Water wisdom
Being more water efficient will help with the water and energy bills, along with the environment too! Conserve water by installing low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets. You’ll be amazed at how much water – and money – you could save by making this simple switch.

Material matters
If you’re renovating, work with your builder to see what existing materials can be repurposed in your new design. Bricks, timber, windows and doors can all be re-used, and a large portion of building waste can be recycled too. You can also opt for eco-friendly building materials such as reclaimed wood, recycled glass, or bamboo flooring. Not only do these materials reduce building waste, but they also add a unique touch to your home’s aesthetic.

DIY fun
Get creative and re-purpose old furniture or knickknacks to give them a new lease on life. Upcycling not only saves money but also reduces waste and adds a personal touch to your home décor.

So, there you have it – a few simple changes you can make to your home that’ll help lighten your space, your household emissions and save some bank. With a little creativity and a lot of eco-consciousness, you can transform your home into a sanctuary. Happy renovating!

1Australian Renewable Energy Agency (2024),  https://arena.gov.au/renewable-energy/solar/

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