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5 easy ways to green up your home

By Kevin Kelly

A wise frog once said: "It's not easy being green." In his case, it was the lime hue of his felted skin that made the colour difficult, but when it comes to making your real estate in Bunbury green, our good friend Kermit is a little off the mark. There are, in fact, a number of easy changes you can make to bring your home closer to the sustainable ideal.

1. Make your own compost

Creating compost for your garden is an easy way to boost your home's sustainability. A surprising amount of the waste that ends up going to landfill is food that could otherwise be used to create compost. This is really a two-in-one sustainability move, because you save sending a bunch of stuff to landfill that doesn't need to go there and you also don't need to buy fertilisers for your garden.

2. Replace your lightbulbs

Changing your lightbulbs to LED models can lower your power bills a fair bit over time. Traditional lights use a lot more power to create the same amount of light, so switching to energy efficient kinds is a no brainer.

3. Plug the gaps

If there are any spots or holes in your house that leak air to the outside world, you should repair them immediately. It's a waste of energy to heat your home only for that heat to be escaping through a draught in a poorly fitted door or window frame. It's an easy green renovation that should be one of your first steps in making your home more eco friendly.

4. Watch your water use

Water is something we take for granted in the twenty-first century, but it's something we should all be more careful to preserve. Simply being conscious of your water use – not leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth, for example – can make a big difference over time. Another option is to instal aerators in your shower heads and taps – they cut down on the flow rate, which is often needlessly high.

5. Instal a smart thermostat

Replacing your manual thermostat with one that you can program could save you huge amounts of money. It's great to come home to a warm house, but you shouldn't leave your heat pump running all day to do so. A smart thermostat can turn on an hour before you arrive home, saving you money on your electric bills.

For more information on houses to rent in Bunbury, get in touch with the team at Ray White today.

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