Sustainable consumption is the use of goods and services to satisfy our basic needs and improve our quality of life, in the ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Sustainable consumption is a broad term which aims at increasing the use of renewable energy sources, efficiently using natural resources, improving resource efficiency, diminishing the emission of the pollutants, minimizing waste and an ever-increasing load of landfills and all the factors which will not risk the needs of future generations.
Today, we all are aware of the fact that Climate change is one of the biggest problems the world is facing. The residential sector is one of the biggest consumers of energy after industry and transport. In Australia, Greenhouse gas emissions from households account for about one-fifth of Australia’s total green house gas emissions.
Due to the significant consumption of energy by the residential sector, it is important that the residential sector also put in efforts in reducing its carbon emissions and come forward in reducing carbon pollution thru sustainable consumption. Here are some of the ways which we all can follow to reduce our carbon footprints thru sustainable consumption at our homes:
Sustainable consumption of energy in your homes :
If you are building a new home or renovating your home…include passive design ideas, which comprises of insulating the windows, walls and ceiling, increasing the cross-ventilation in your home, utilizing the natural light, preventing the heating from sun during summers and allowing the heating from the sun during winters.
But if your home is not planned using passive systems for sustainable consumption of energy, make it efficient…seal your heating and cooling ducts, replace your heating and cooling equipment if they are more than 10 years old with newer more efficient equipment (energy efficiency can be checked by ENERGY STAR on the appliances). Install ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows which are equipped with advanced features like invisible glass coatings, vacuum-sealed spaces, superior framing materials and improved weather stripping for reducing unwanted heat gain and loss and save kWh of power off your annual bill. Change your air filter regularly and maintain your HVAC equipments regularly.
Sustainable consumption of water:
Households can conserve water by promoting the infiltration, recycling of water, installing a low-flow shower head, running the dishwasher only when it’s full, washing full loads of clothes, by fixing the dripping taps, by limiting the use of valuable potable water for landscapes, placing sprinklers for lawn care and making use of greywater for landscape maintenance, car washing and toilet flushing.
Renewable energies are the best way of sustainable consumption:
Renewable energies are ideal ways of sustainable consumption, as these energies are derived from natural processes that are replenished frequently. Most renewable energy sources are environmentally friendly and can fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions and also allow the economies to lessen their dependencies on politically turbulent nations for fuel. Some very common renewable energy sources are solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and biofuels. By opting one you will not only get lower fuel bills but can also earn grants or incentives.
Sustainable consumption while travelling:
We all know that walking; biking and using public transport are the most eco-friendly solutions. Carpooling with friends and co-workers can save energy. You can save energy by taking the bus, or train sometimes. In case you plan to buy a new car, choose Energy efficient vehicle.
Opting these Sustainable consumption methods, you will be making your home more flexible for climate change and doing your bit for a better tomorrow.