Living in a more sustainable and eco-friendly manner is something that is becoming increasingly important to the millennial generation. The days of extravagant utility bills and complete reliance on fossil fuelled electricity are increasingly a thing of the past as a new generation strives to do more to live better. Sadly going completely off-grid is not a reality for most people, largely because it is very expensive and in many instances very impractical. But there are some simple actions and solutions that can be employed that will significantly lessen your carbon-footprint, and be affordable at the same time. Here are a few simple things you should try.
Sunny side up
The old-school hot water geyser is increasingly becoming a thing of the past largely because it is very heavy on electricity. Examination of a monthly electricity bill will show that a significant percentage of the entire bill is spent on heating water. The good news is that solar technology has come a long way in a short space of time and getting a significantly more energy efficient sun-based solution is actually very easy. A simple search for something like, ‘solar hot water installation Perth’ should point you in the direction of a an installer and before you know it, for a nominal capital outlay, you will be radically reducing your monthly electricity bill and at the same time doing something very good for the planet.
Signing in the rain
Rain is your friend and you need to harness it. In the same way that the sun shines it’s free and limitless energy on us from above, so too do the clouds empty their liquid bounty onto us on a regular basis. It is free and it is clean and it needs to be caught and used. Water tanks are easy to install and they can go a long way towards cutting your water bill, ensuring that things like watering the garden, filling the pool and even flushing the toilet can be done without having to waste valuable and expensive drinking water. Instead of having your gutters channel the rain water into drains and away, direct them to storage tanks, allowing you to tap into your own reservoir when the rainy season is gone.
Shade of Grey
One of the key tenets of sustainability is recycling and as much as that theory holds with plastic and paper, it also holds true with water. It makes absolutely no sense to use water once and then to send it down the drain. Water needs to be used effectively and more than once and this is where grey water comes in. Grey water systems are easy to install and highly effective at cutting water bills. In essence grey water is the name for water that has been used once – typically in a bath or shower or a washing machine or dishwasher. It does not apply to toilet water. Grey water is pumped to the garden or used for flushing toilets – what it means is that during the dry season you can still water your garden regularly – every time you take a shower.