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A Renovators Guide to Sustainable Living

Living sustainably is arguably more important now than it’s ever been. Homeowners are looking for inventive ways to make sure they can live sustainably to help both the environment and their wallet. Making changes, whether big or small can change the way you live for the better. These changes can seem difficult at the time, but one of the best ways to achieve sustainable living is during your renovation. If you’re looking for a guide to help make sustainability additions to your renovations, then consider these easy tips.

Use natural light

One of the common changes homeowners make when renovating is to get more natural light into the home. Natural light means less reliance on electrical lighting and hopefully a lower bill. One of the best ways to achieve beautiful natural light is through a skylight. Skylight installation in Sydney or any other major city with an abundance of summer and winter sunshine is a must add to any renovation plan. Skylights are not only functional for natural light, they come in a range of styles and designs which can add a real focal point to the home. Skylights can be installed in most rooms around the home and are most often found in kitchens and bathrooms to give a nice touch of sun to an otherwise dimly lit space.

Turn it off

Sustainable living doesn’t always have to be about additions, it can also be as simple as ensuring you don’t waste what you already have. Appliances and lights are a huge waste and have a big impact on the environment. When renovating, consider installing a smart home system that allows you to centrally control lights and appliances. Air-conditioners, lighting and even the coffee maker can be switched on only when required and not left on at all times. Smart home systems will also allow you to monitor the usage as you go. Leaving lights on when you go out for dinner or even to work will be a thing of the past, allowing you to achieve a truly sustainable home.

Design for the breeze

Sustainable living is a great way to appreciate the natural things in life, especially a good breeze. If you’re renovating and want to achieve a sustainable way of life, investigate where your best breezes come from and consider how that breeze might move through your home.  Too many times, when it’s warm do homeowners look for the air-conditioning because opening a window doesn’t do anything. A lot of homes have walls where the best breeze travels, meaning they can’t appreciate what nature has to offer. Think about the design of your homes and consider putting windows where the breeze can do its best work. Reaching for the air-con remote less often will help you live sustainably and lower the electricity bill.

Learn to love rain

Water usage can be a real issue if you have a large family or live in a particularly cold environment, but who can blame anyone for a longer than normal hot shower in winter. Instead of worrying about water usage and the bill, consider installing a water tank in your renovation. Rainwater tanks are a great way to lower water usage in your home, helping you to live sustainably. Rainwater is free and if you live somewhere that experiences a lot of it, and can really make a big difference. Rainwater tanks are perfect for gardening, washing the cars and cleaning around the house. Installing a tank will make your home become more sustainable than ever.

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Renovating is an exciting opportunity to change the look and feel of your home. It’s also a great chance to make some sustainable changes to your home. If you’re renovating and looking for some guidance on sustainable changes, consider this simple guide to get your home there today.

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