Despite being a country with huge areas of wilderness, it seems that Australia has acquired a terrible reputation when it comes to the environment. Indeed, Australia has one of the most significant per capita emissions of CO2 in the world. With only 0.3% of the global population, Australia emits a whopping 1.3% of greenhouse gases. Households generate 12% of these harmful emissions, prompting the need for additional government programs and policies to provide the support people need.
The combination of the use of natural gases, electricity consumption, and hot water systems is the main source of greenhouse gases in the household. However, even when homeowners dedicate their attention to reducing their carbon footprints, many harmful household habits continue to put the environment at risk. Indeed, the high volume of chemical product consumption as part of cleaning and maintaining your household can dramatically affect the water. Water management and purifying systems are not able to remove all toxins. In the long term, wildlife can be affected by polluted water that your household would have flushed out. Your choice of food can also lead to a negative print on the environment. Ultimately, at an age where climate change talks are putting people back in charge of the planet, it’s time to ask yourself if you can green up your home.
You can start from scratch
It’s fair to say that the very structure of the house can dramatically affect your carbon footprint. Indeed, the choice of materials is a crucial decision that you can take with your builders if you have chosen to start your homeownership project from scratch. Building your home puts you in a position where you influence the creation of an environmentally-friendly structure from Day One. It is a lot easier to design a home that minimizes its energy consumption and carbon footprint than to try to retrofit a solution in an existing property.
You can consider green enhancements to an existing property
How much does it cost to turn an existing home into a zero carbon house marvel? According to British architects who have transformed in 2010 by converting a terrace house into a green family home, you will have to spend at least the same amount on renovating your property than it cost you to buy it in the first place. For home-buyers looking to stay on the green side of life, it’s fair to say that it’s a considerable investment. But both building from scratch and improving projects can benefit from governmental grants and tax reliefs if you can document the environmental purposes and features of the property.
It’s a commitment of every day
As mentioned earlier, the structure of your home and your choice of appliances only plays a small part in creating a green home. Indeed, your lifestyle decisions are equally important, such as choosing chemical-free cleaning solutions or embracing a vegan diet. Recent studies have demonstrated that meat consumption contributes to 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, pointing out the dangers of a cheeky evening burger! There’s no point building a green home if your habits don’t support the environment.
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In conclusion, there’s only one question left to ask: when are you ready to commit to the environment in your household? Green commitments can be expensive, but households have to put a price on the planet once and for all.