With greater awareness of the damage that humanity is doing to the planet comes a greater responsibility to take steps to reduce our impact on the world around us. Reducing emissions from your residential property is one great step you can take towards lowering the impact that you are personally having. With the aim of achieving zero emission homes, here are some steps you can take to reduce the emissions from your home and help to protect the planet.
Home energy auditing
Home energy auditing is a sensible first step in reducing the emissions from your home and making it more efficient. Simple steps like changing the thermostat in your cooling system, replacing single pane windows etc., can actually have the greatest effect. With a home energy audit, you will be able to identify the best ways to reduce emissions from your home.
Use renewable energy
Renewable energy is plentiful and easily accessed, especially in Australia. Installing solar panels or solar thermal heating will reduce your reliance on energy from the grid and will lower the emissions from your property.
RapidRidge – Dry Ridge Roof System
Installing Rapid Ridge Roofing is an innovative means with which to cool your home. With traditional roofs, the heat that hits your roof is transferred into the property and warms the rooms. With RapidRidge, however, ventilation in the roof allows the hot air to be drawn out through the top of the roof and this prevents a build-up of heat. By installing this naturally cooling roof system you can massively lower your reliance on air conditioning to cool your property and can reduce your emissions and heating/cooling energy costs by doing so.
Use energy efficient appliances
Energy efficient appliances will help to reduce your electricity bills and make your home more environmentally friendly too. As and when your appliances need replacing, look for the most energy efficient appliances available to replace them with and this will reduce your impact on the environment.
Water from your shower, bath or sink can be used to water your garden and is perfectly fit to do so. Using fresh, clean water with which to water plants means that huge amounts of energy spent cleaning the water is wasted. Simple steps like this can reduce your impact on the environment dramatically.