Simple tips for an eco-friendly home

FOR homeowners, a greener home can do wonders for the environment and your bank balance.

Tony Leggett, Principal of RAMS Home Loan Centre Tasmania, suggests five simple things that you and your family can do which can make all the difference in the long run.

Compost – Nourish your plants with your own homemade compost. Turn vegetable peels, eggshells and rotten fruit into garden fertiliser with a worm farm or compost bin.

Furniture – When purchasing that new piece of furniture that you have been dreaming about, try to invest in quality pieces made from sustainably sourced materials, if you can afford to. Cheap, synthetic items often lack quality craftsmanship and are likely to need replacing sooner than anticipated.

Lighting – LED and compact fluorescent lamps offer great energy and incredible cost savings over your traditional regular bulbs. Both options often cost more upfront, but they produce less heat, use less energy and can last significantly longer than traditional light bulbs. Consider a good eco-friendly lighting option for your home.

Insulation – One of the most effective ways to save money on energy bills and make your home more comfortable is to insulate. A well insulated home can stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter thanks to the material acting as a seal between the inside and outside of your house. Windows and glazed doors can let in (and out) large amounts of heat. So even if you’ve installed insulation, go for double-glazed windows and doors.

Save water – To reduce your impact on the environment and your back pocket, conserve water around the home – avoid dripping taps and overwatering your garden. A great way to save water is to put a timer in the shower and when the timer goes off, it’s time to get out.

Local residents can give Tony Leggett a call on 0439 600 905 or visit the RAMS Home Loans Centre at 106 New Town Rd, New Town for further information and advice.

Alternatively, you can contact RAMS on 13 RAMS (13 72 67) or go to RAMS.com.au.