How do you do your share to protect the planet? It is a much easier task than you may think, and the best place to start is in your own home. You do not have do it in hippie pants, grow all your own food, or sell your car to be eco-friendly. In Australia, 90% of Australian consumers are concerned about environmental sustainability, according to a 2018 survey conducted by Planet Ark.
Start living sustainably. There are so many tools and resources available. The trick is to take that first vital step.
Going green helps to:
- Create a healthy indoor environment
- Decrease energy and water use
- Limit your contribution to landfill
- Make simple diet changes that will reduce your carbon footprint
Going green in your own home is easy with this ten step plan:
- Get serious about water: fix leaks first, then focus on lifestyle changes like installing a low-flow shower head
- Install a smart meter: program your smart meter to run devices only certain times of the day – and reduce energy use for heating and cooling
- Go energy efficient with eco-light bulbs: energy efficient bulbs use less electricity and last longer. Winning!
- Install solar panels: it takes planning and a budget but this clean energy source makes money too by selling excess power back to the grid
- Go zero waste: contribute to a circular economy, and live a simple, cost-effective, and eco-friendly life
- Embrace natural cleaning products: natural products like vinegar, citric acid and bicarbonate of soda can be substituted in place of caustic chemicals
- Insulate: you make a big change to energy bills when you insulate your home. Find out more with the Australian Government’s Your Home website
- Create your own compost: do not waste your kitchen scraps and leftover food – turn them into compost
- Buy recycled: from toilet paper and packaging to clothing and furniture, buy recycled to reduce your carbon footprint
- Cook intelligently: reduce landfill by growing your own food (less packaging!) and consider ways to cook smart
Sunshine Coast Library members have borrowed compost-based titles 8,131 times! Borrow these titles for tips and tricks to get started on your composting journey.
Libraries love these top five green living eBooks:
- Power from the Sun: a Practical Guide to Solar Electricity by Daniel Chiras
- Zero Waste Life by Anita Vandyke
- Fresh Clean Home: Make your Own Natural Cleaning Products by Wendy Graham
- How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time. From the Head of Oceans at Greenpeace and spokesperson for their anti-plastic campaign
- The Natural Home by Wendyl Nissen
Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this online tutorial.
Libraries love these Sustainable Home eMagazines:
- Sustainable & Water-Wise Gardens
- Slow Living
Get started using free eMagazines online or download the Libby app. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Discover these eco-sustainable tutorials with Lynda.com:
- Learning Design for Sustainability
- Green Building Concepts Foundations
- Waste Management
Lynda.com is an online learning platform for students, general community and business. Learn or upskill your software, creative and business skills.
Listen on the go with these green living podcasts:
- The Green Diva’s – a podcast for mind, body, spirit and earth
- Sustainable(Ish) - everyday sustainable living advice
- Practical(ly) Zero Waste – with Eco Bingo, a weekly game to reduce eco-impact
Search for these free podcast titles and more in your preferred podcast provider.
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