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DIY environmental home checklist

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Time to grab the clipboard and run the environmental ruler over your home. Identify the big bang actions that will quickly reduce your homes impact on the environment.

The journey to reduce your home's energy and water use is one of many small steps. Tips and actions from changing leaking taps to installing ceiling insulation can be easily done by anyone. More sophisticated actions like installing solar hot water will require a tradesperson. However, the key is to keep pushing through them all. This way you can massively reduce your contribution to climate change and water scarcity.

How to do it now!

Take a wander through your home and identify what needs to change in your daily habits or installed in order to improve the energy and water efficiency of your home. And once you have the list, start doing it!

Action Tip Impact Ease Done it or doing it?
Cultivate energy-saving habits Switch off all lights when you don't need them Medium Child's Play  
  Switch off all electrical appliances (at the wall) when not in use Medium Child's Play  
  Turn down your thermostat and put on a jumper Medium Child's Play  
  Use pot lids when cooking Modest Child's Play  
  Cold drink of water Modest Child's Play  
  Drying your clothes Medium Child's Play  
  Avoid disposable batteries Modest Child's Play  
Cultivate water saving habits Brushing your teeth Modest Child's Play  
  Washing your body Medium Child's Play  
  Shaving Modest Child's Play  
  Clearing dishes after the meal Modest Child's Play  
  Packing the dishwasher Modest Child's Play  
  Washing clothes Modest Child's Play  
  Waiting for the warm water to arrive Modest Child's Play  
  Fix dripping taps and toilets quickly Modest Child's Play  
Use water efficiently Install a water efficient shower head Medium One off job  
  Install low-flow faucets Modest One off job  
  Dual flush toilets Medium One off job  
  Use the water twice Medium One off job  
  Invest in a front loading clothes washing machine with AAA water rating. Medium One off job  
Embrace energy efficiency Install insulation in ceiling, floor and walls Medium One off job  
  Install compact fluorescent globes Medium One off job  
  Shift to double-pane windows Medium One off job  
  Block the summer heat Medium One off job  
  Circulate air Medium One off job  
  Rug up in winter Medium One off job  
  Let nature work for you Medium One off job  
Insulate, shade & weatherproof your house Plant trees to shade the house in Summer Medium One off job  
  Weatherproofing your house from draughts and air leaks Medium One off job  
  Plant trees to shade the house in Summer Medium One off job  
Buy renewable electricity Buy Renewable Electricity Massive One off job  
Install solar hot water Install Solar Hot Water Massive One off job  
Generate your own electricity Install photovoltaic panels on your roof Massive One off job  
Harvest and use your rainwater Harvest and Use your Rainwater Medium One off job  
Install efficient appliances and fixtures Replace your old fridge with an energy efficient (5 star) fridge. Medium One off job  
  Replace your old washing Machine with an energy and water efficient (5 star) washing machine. Medium One off job  
  Replace your old dishwasher with an energy and water efficient (5 star) dishwasher. Medium One off job  

Impact on the environment = Massive | Medium | Modest

How easy is it to do this action = One off job | Child's play

Why is this action important?

The profound changes we need to make to our lifestyles in order to live sustainably will only come about if we address all the areas in our lives where we use energy, water and other resources. Taking a thorough and informed approach will ensure we don’t miss the elephants in the corner while chasing the mice around the floor…