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Time, money and ignorance are the major barriers to Australians doing more at home to reduce their environmental impact, according to recent research.[1]

 Do any of these sound like you?

  • 37% of householders will only reduce their environmental impact if it doesn’t cost anything;
  • 12% will only do so if it doesn’t take too much time;
  • 18% would like to reduce their environmental impact, but don’t know how;
  • 28% will go to ‘any length’ to reduce their environmental impact; and
  • 5% are not at all concerned about their impact on the environment.

I could fit myself into several of these categories depending on the time, occasion and issue. So what are some ideas for low cost, quick and simple changes that will reduce your environmental impact? (And I apologise to the 5% that are not concerned about their impact at all, but this blog probably isn’t for you anyway!)

  1.  Turn off appliances and lights – sounds simple, but how often do we walk out of a room and leave the light on, or the TV playing with no audience?
  2. Short showers – get a shower timer, limit yourself to a 4 minute shower. Buy One
  3. Recycle your rubbish – sort everything that can be recycled and put it in the recycling bin.
  4. Compost your food scraps, for more information.
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water and line dry, for more information.


[1] from a study commissioned by AAMI in conjunction with Greenfleet.


Being a novice blogger, I have spent some time trying to find useful resources to help develop my blog further.

Two books I have discovered have been Daniel Scocco’s Make Money Blogging and Tara Frey’s Blogging for Bliss.

‘Make Money Blogging’ has not led me to making money through my blog, but has provided me with helpful tips on improving it’s appearance and functionality. Given that it is available free through Scocco’s website, it is surprisingly comprehensive and thorough and has been a useful reference document, with relevant links and information. If making money isn’t your aim, don’t discount this e-book as there is a lot in it for the non-business minded blogger like myself.

blogging for bliss by Tara Frey

In contrast, ‘Blogging for Bliss’ is a more crafty approach to blogging, looking at lots of case studies of creative blogs and what makes them work. There are a lot more visuals in this one and it is more aimed at crafty, creative types. Quite inspirational, but also some practical information on the basics of setting up and designing a blog.

Both books have been useful, but have quite different focuses. Being able to access Scocco’s book free on the web is an added bonus, whereas Blogging for Bliss cost me $25 AUD at a bookstore.

Do you have any tips on best resources on blogging: books, websites or other?

computer and mouse

1.Turn off your computer when you have finished for the day….including the monitor

Why? Reduces costs and energy use. For more information see:
Energy Efficiency in the Office: cost savings
When to Turn Off Personal Computers

close up of coffee mug

2. Avoid disposable coffee cups, something I struggle with! If you can, bring your own coffee/tea or alternatively bring a travel coffee mug for refills at your local coffee shop, with the added bonus that you may be able to get discounted coffee at some outlets by bringing your own mug.

Why? Apparently after 24 uses, a stainless steel mug breaks even with paper cups in terms of environmental impact. For more information see:
The basic problem with coffee cups – Sustainability is Sexy

3. Reduce, reuse and recyle your paper – double-side all print jobs, reuse paper that isn’t double sided and recycle anything that you are not going to file or reuse!

cyclist on bridge

4. Walk, ride or catch public transport to work

Why?     Active transport can improve your health and reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on walking and cycling see:
Let’s Clear the Air – NSW Government

5. Bring lunch from home in reusable containers

Why? Less rubbish, less landfill, less waste. Try Nude Food Movers.