3 ways you can reduce emissions at home

20 Jul 2016

No matter where you live in Melbourne, you're probably creating some greenhouse emissions. It's something the Vic Government is keenly aware of, as shown in its recent commitment to having a net total of zero emissions by the year 2050.

"The built environment accounts for 23 per cent of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, so the property industry will play a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions," commented Asher Judah, a representative from the state division of the Property Council of Australia.

But how can you make change on a micro level? Here are three ways you might be able to cut down on emissions from the comfort of your own home.

How can you make your home go greener?How can you make your home go greener?

Changing your energy

The Department of Environment estimates that every year, households create about one-fifth of the country's total greenhouse gas output. That works out to nearly 14 tonnes ever year!

However, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's YourHome site has some choice suggestions for cutting down on this output, especially when it comes to power generation. For example, using natural gas creates about one-third as many emissions as connecting to the grid.

Alternatively, if you can afford it you might even want to adopt renewable energies like wind or solar power. With the potential for cutting yourself out of the grid entirely, the long-term benefits could be incredible.

Don't forget your outlets

The less power you use, the fewer emissions there will be.

YourHome also suggests that home entertainment systems can be responsible for up to 10 per cent of electricity used by a household. Of course, the less power you use, the fewer emissions there will be. Switching off the Xbox One at the wall and keeping your lamps off for longer can have a profound impact on your emissions in the long term.

Another way you might want to get ahead with your outlets is picking devices that roll a lot of functions into one, printer / scanner combos or gaming device that also works for streaming movies.

Change your detergent

You might not think about your washing detergent when you want to reduce emissions, but you should! According to the National Pollutant Inventory, detergents can contain phosphorus, which ends up causing more algal growth and emissions.

Checking the label and buying an environmentally product might seem like a small change, but it's probably worth it!

There is plenty you can do around the home – maybe see if you can turn your Melbourne property into a zero-emissions home before the government!