Kick-Start A Sustainable 2013

There are many easy ways to make your home and garden more energy efficient. Below are anumber of sustainable New Year's resolutions that will put you in good stead to live sustainably in 2013 and beyond.

Lighting

Switching to energy efficient lights is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of energy you use in the home and garden. Light Emitting Diode (LED) globes are energyefficient as they use up to 75 per cent less energy than normal globes and last from 35to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs. There is also a wide range of energyefficient globes that can be used outdoors to help cut down your energy bills. LED or solar outdoor lighting will greatly reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.

Cleaning

Cleaning outdoor areas such as walls and concrete can use a lot of water and increase the amount you pay on your water bill. A great product that is water and energy efficient is a high pressure cleaner, as it allows you to effectively clean outdoor areas without using too much water. Investing in a water tank is another easy to implement idea that will save you money in the New Year.

Drying

Using the dryer consumes a lot of energy and is also expensive to run. An easy and practical way to dry your clothes without using the dryer is to invest in a clothes line or clothes airer. Bunnings has a wide range of clothes lines and airers which can be utilized in homes of all sizes, from smaller apartments to houses. On hotter days you may be surprised at just just how quickly your clothes dry.

Heating and Cooling

One of the most important things to consider when setting your sustainable resolutions in 2013 is draught proofing. There are a number of ways you can do this, from draught proofing products for doors and windows to door snakes for the front and back doors. Having a well insulated home is a great way to reduce your energy usage and bills.

Recycling

If your New Year's resolution is to reduce waste there are many simple ways to ensure you fulfill this goal. Bunnings has a wide range of products that can help you dispose of waste you accumulate in the home. A compost bin or worm farm is ideal if you want to start diverting your food waste from landfill. Another handy tip to start implementing is to take re-usable bags with you when you shop to eliminate the need for plastic bags. Bunnings also offer customers cardboard boxes to take their purchases home in.

For more information on Bunnings' sustainable advice and products, please visit www.bunnings.com.au.

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