Green Guide

June 10th, 2022 - by Brad Gillespie

With climate change the major challenge of our times, most of us are trying to find ways to be greener.

Here, we look at some actions you can take now to make both your home and lifestyle part of the solution.

Invest in energy efficient lighting

Upgrading to energy efficient lighting is a fantastic step that can make a big difference to your home’s energy consumption. There are many types of lighting to choose from, with LED bulbs being the most energy efficient option. Check out this guide to energy efficient lighting options for your home.

Install solar panels

With energy prices going up and solar panels becoming more affordable, now’s the time to go solar. While the initial layout can be large, most households will save money over time by going solar. Here are four steps to get started with solar.

Upgrade your hot water system

Over a quarter of the average household’s energy is used to heat water. You can save both energy and money by choosing a hot water system that is more energy-efficient. Factors to consider include greenhouse gas emissions, Sydney’s climate, and your household’s patterns of consumption.

Insulate your home

A well-insulated home holds in heat so you use less energy reheating your living space. The walls of your home and its roof are the most important factors, but installing double glazing on your windows, or even heavy, insulating curtains or blinds, can also make a difference. Find out more.

Choose green cleaning products

Your cleaning products and detergents may be doing more harm than you realise once they’re washed down the drain and into the water supply. You can use bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice or vinegar in place of bleaches and detergent or switch to steam cleaners that use water only.

Fix leaking taps

Fixing a leaky tap can save thousands of litres of water in a year, not to mention money on your water bills. Here’s how to do it.

Make your next car an electric vehicle

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more affordable and the Australian government has committed to improving the infrastructure needed to support them. Find out why EVs are on the rise in the inner city and inner west.

Take up cycling

Cycling has become more popular in Sydney during the pandemic as many people sought to avoid public transport. There are lots of great cycleways in the inner city if you want to decrease the carbon emissions you use by driving a car and get fitter at the same time.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

It’s the mantra of the green movement for a reason. Making sure we know how to recycle correctly, reducing the new products we buy by repairing or buying second-hand, and finding a good home for our used goods all help conserve our planet’s resources. Our interview with Les Haddad from Cheapest Load of Rubbish has some great tips on how to dispose of your waste well.

Start composting

Turn your food waste and kitchen scraps into compost. You can buy a compost bin very cheaply from many home outlets and some refuse services will supply them free of charge to households. Find out if your household is eligible to participate in the City of Sydney’s food scraps recycling trial.

Join a community garden

Community gardens can be good for the planet and the soul. They are a great way to grow your own food, make your suburb greener, and meet your neighbours. There are many community gardens in the inner city and inner west.

Choose a walkable suburb

Walkability has become a key feature of modern urban design because walkable suburbs produce less carbon emissions. They also tend to be happier, healthier places to live. Find out how walkable your suburb is here.

Plant some trees

Planting a tree is still one of the simplest and most effective ways we can tackle climate change, because trees absorb carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Meet the local community group working to green the inner west and find out how you can get involved in the Everyone Plant One campaign.

Eat less meat

Studies have shown that meat accounts for as much as 60% of the greenhouse gases produced by food production, so reducing your meat consumption is a great goal. Start by supporting some of the many excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the inner city.

Get a green home loan

With as much as a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from the property sector, more Australians are seeking to buy or build green homes. Some major lenders are now offering green home loans that offer discounted interest rates for homes that meet certain eco-friendly standards. Find out more about top green home loans in Australia.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling in Sydney’s inner west or inner city, get in touch with our team today.