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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.

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