The utilisation of environmental resources has undergone significant changes as society considers how the environment can continue to sustain our needs. Homeowners are now looking into a number of sustainable solutions, but considering how the marketplace has put hype on sustainability, you may not actually be putting in place an effective home solution.
Stripping sustainability to its core, home solutions should be practical, and what better way to start than looking into the resources most commonly used: electricity and water.
Harvesting Solar Power
Green energy sources all have the common goal of reducing costs but there is not one solution that fits all especially in a diverse continent as Australia. Consider what the locality has in abundance. Perth, for instance, gets the most sun than any other city in Australia making it an ideal location for harvesting solar energy.
When it comes to looking for affordable homes, Perth may have a different take as you can look beyond the housing cost to long-term savings on electrical utility bills. In a guide to building and retrofitting sustainable homes, Gran Designs WA lists benefits from harvesting solar energy that includes generating clean affordable electrical energy and possible government rebates.
Using Rainwater and Recycling
Using a combination of rainwater and greywater tanks is a great way to source alternate water and save on water utility bills. Rainwater collected from roofs can find their use in toilets, gardens, pools and laundries.
Greywater on the other hand, is water that comes from bathroom drains and sinks and undergoes treatment for reuse, such as for toilet flushing, laundry and irrigating gardens.
Using alternate resources like solar energy and rainwater are practical ways of adopting green home solutions. These can significantly help save on utility bills and reduce a home’s carbon footprint.