Its My Home : 2017
50 IT’S MY HOME IT’S MY HOME We are all aware of the importance of recycling to help reduce waste. Not only is it important to separate our home rubbish into landfill and recycle, there are many easy and inexpensive ways to recycle at home: ➤ Pay your bills online to help reduce paper wastage ➤ Put a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your mail box ➤ Say NO to plastic bags when shopping – bring your own or buy a reusable shopping bag ➤ Stop buying bottled water - fill up a reusable water bottle with tap or filtered water from home ➤ Give old electronic equipment to friends or place in electronic waste recycling bins (found at Officeworks / Coles) ➤ Recycle – paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic containers such as from soft drinks, milk, ice- cream, margarine and yoghurt, aluminium and steel cans ➤ Purchase items with less packaging ➤ Buy rechargeable batteries. These are just some ideas, none of them difficult, and they can really make a big difference to the environment and your back pocket. All-purpose cleaner Mix equal parts water and vinegar with several drops of an essential oil such as lavender into a spray bottle to make a cheap and easy all-purpose household cleaner that is great for kitchens and bathrooms. Be waterwise Practical ways to reduce water usage and your bills can start in the bathroom – the biggest area for water usage. Cut down on shower time - based on a family household of four, if shower time was cut to four minutes that would be saving of over $300 a year. By converting to a water efficient shower head you could save even more. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and installing a dual flush toilet saves thousands of litres of water a year. Stop leaks as soon as they appear. A leaking tap can use over 2,000 litres a month and a leaking toilet can waste over 16,000 litres a year. Use the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads. Stop rinsing dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. Front load washing machines use less water than top loaders. Plant native plants that don’t require as much watering, set irrigation sprinklers to run at off peak times or water the garden using stored up rainwater. If possible, installing a rainwater tank is a terrific way to reduce water usage. Rebates from the government are available if they are connected to the laundry or bathroom. Recycling water is also a great option, either rainwater or greywater (recycled water from domestic use in the home). COMPOSTING Making your own garden compost is simple and has the benefit of recycling your food scraps into compost which improves soil quality, prevents greenhouse gas emissions and saves you money. A system can be started in old garbage bins or wooden boxes. Visit the Genworth website to read, view and download all editions of It’s My Home, and to get your copy of the handy checklists mentioned in this edition genwor th.com.au/itsmyhome CLEANING PRODUCTS Making your own cleaning products removes the toxic chemicals from your home and helps save money. Many of the ingredients are usual household pantry items – vinegar, baking soda and lemon and perform much better than store bought items. REDUCE AND RECYCLE Want more? TO BUYING PROPERTY Our guide 2017 ISSUE 03 home MOVING HOUSE Checklist for ✓ BEGINNERS GUIDE BORROWING ABILITY Know your HOW TO SAVE FASTER FOR YOUR home deposit WE RUN THE NUMBERS OR RENT $ Buy Pictures:Shutterstock,iStockbyGettyImages.