By Clair Morton
Published: Friday, December 22, 2017
Updated: February 16, 2021 at 9:20 am
Being environmentally friendly doesn’t have to cost the Earth – in fact, it can save or even make you money. Here's how:
Swapping old halogen lights in your home with LED or CFL bulbs is not only better for the environment, but can save pennies in the long run. According to the Energy Rating website, a 10w LED with a ten-year lifespan will cost about $39, compared to halogen lighting which can rack up a $148 bill over the same period.
Think about all the different appliances you use on a daily basis – television, washing machine, kettle, microwave, hair dryer – the list goes on. Now think about the fact that all of these appliances still use power when they’re turned off, slowly adding to your energy bill. Thankfully there’s a simple fix that the environment will thank you for. Just make sure your appliances are turned off at the wall once you’re done with them.
More than 275,000 South Australian homes have solar panels, and it’s easy to see why. Solar panels not only slash your energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they can also help increase your property’s value.
RAA offers a range of solar packages to suit your budget and needs. Whether you’re after solar panels or looking for a complete solar and battery storage system, we’re here to help.
Members receive 10% off the price of all packages. Find out more.
Try meat-free Monday
According to the United Nations, the livestock sector is ‘one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global’. So before you stick some pork on your fork, sit down to a vegetarian option at least one night a week.
Two words: 10c refund. Most South Australians would be familiar with this one, considering the container deposit scheme is the longest running of its kind in the country. Collect your cans and bottles, and drop them off at your nearest approved collection depot to cash in.
Sometimes plastic packaging is unavoidable. What many people don’t realise that while it can’t go into your yellow bin, it doesn’t have to go in the red one either. Get together all of your chip packets, plastic shopping bags, old green bags, and frozen veggie bags, and drop them off at your nearest REDcycle drop off point – found in most Coles stores across Adelaide.
Feed the worms
Instead of putting old newspapers in the recycling bin, keep them in the kitchen. They’re great for wrapping up food scraps, which you can then stick straight in your green bin, or your own compost bin. Did you know you can also stick pizza boxes, kitty litter, coffee grounds and wine corks in your green bin? Basically anything with organic origins is fair game.
Reduce food waste
Anyone who’s seen ABC show War on Waste knows Australia has a serious problem with food wastage. When you throw a food item out, you’re basically throwing money in the bin. Food delivery service Thomas Farms Kitchens helps eliminate that problem, with locally sourced fresh ingredients, and recipes to match, delivered to your door each week. RAA members can get free membership and save 50% on their first order, plus 10% off every order after that.
Environment vs electronics
Electronic waste is perhaps the most confusing category when it comes to home recycling, but as technology advances it’s clear it isn’t going anywhere, and it’s in our best interests to know what to do with it. Especially considering most e-waste is banned from direct disposal to landfill and must not be placed in any household bin. Thankfully EPA South Australia has the answers.
Take shorter showers
We all love a long, hot shower after a long day, but do they really need to take so long? Cutting your time in the bathroom by just a few minutes each day conserves water and energy – savings that are welcomed by both the environment and your hip pockets.