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Small Steps to Greener Living

Monday, 29th October 2012

Having witnessed some of the devastation caused by the extreme weather conditions this year, many of us have turned our thoughts to climate change and how we can make a difference in our own lives to reduce our energy consumption.

Strata managers and residents can unite to make a real impact on their carbon footprint by reducing electricity use in individual apartments and residential blocks.

With clean and green energy solutions becoming more accessible, and new technologies being developed, strata managers and owners corporations’ can drive change and use their initiative to unite all their residents to do their bit for the environment.

This can be kick started with simple changes like sorting rubbish out and making recycling simple and accessible, allowing washing to dry on balconies (instead of using the dryer), or putting efficient lighting in public areas.

As well as some of the bigger measures that owners corporations’ can implement to green their building, residents can individually make a big difference too by making small changes in their own every day habits.

Small steps can result in big reduction of energy usage over time, aiding the environment with the added bonus of saving a few extra dollars too:

Top tips for everyday energy saving:
  •  Is your water too hot? Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop cool air or heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave a room. 
  • Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily. 
  • If possible, fill up the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher: one full load uses less energy than two half loads. 
  • Only boil as much water as you need for your morning coffee or afternoon tea
  • A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off! 
  • Use energy saving light-bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs.

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Comment from michaelmaloney on Wednesday, 30th March 2016

It's just a matter of sorting through your storage and looking at saving water and electricity. I've done it and I really think that it makes a big difference! 

Michael Maloney: Selfstorage Gold Coast


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