Sustainability is a hot topic for 2020, with sustainable practices being put into place within the community now more than ever. These practices stem from an overarching concern regarding the environment. As more people become aware of environmental concerns through the media, environmental professionals and those of influence, it’s not only the food we eat and how we dispose our waste we should think twice about, it’s also how we design, build and live in our homes.
Over recent years, there’s been a shift in people’s thinking regarding their approach to building a new home, especially for Gen Y who are perhaps in the market to purchase their first home. As we move into a new generation of First Home Buyers that are conscious of living and thinking ‘Greener’, we thought it would be appropriate to share some research on how you too can be more environmentally friendly in your new home.
Lucky for you, solar panels come standard with every Brighton Homes. SolarPay is enabling Brighton home owners to harnace the power of the sun, cutting the cost of your household energy bills at the same time as paying off a state-of-the-art solar system. You can choose to own the system outright the day you move in, a year or two later, or just forget it's up there and it's yours to keep in 60 months.
Learn more about Solar as a standard inclusion here.
Recycled Water & Water Tanks
Most new suburbs and planned communities use recycled water systems. Recycled water comes from reused treated wastewater and can be used in your new home for gardening, landscape irrigation, laundry, toilet flushing and more. Brighton Homes also offer 5000L water tanks for non-drinking uses such as washing clothes and toilet flushing, water heating systems, outdoor uses such as gardening and car washing as well as filling pools and spas.
Use LED lighting or CFL bulbs instead of incandescent lighting as it’s proven to last longer, which reduces the need to keep purchasing light bulbs.
Use your green waste bin for garden clippings, leaves and any domestic kitchen waste only.
Reuse glass jars, double use plastic shopping bags, and plastic take out containers.
Always recycle aluminium and metal cans, cereal & food boxes, milk and juice cartons, plastic bottles, wide-mouth plastic containers, mixed paper and newspaper, magazines and catalogues, aluminium foil and trays, empty aerosol cans and cardboard and pizza boxes.
Reducing Household Energy Use
- Turn off appliances that aren’t in use
- Flick off your light switches when you leave a room
- Take shorter showers
- Hang clothes out instead of using a dryer
- Use a blanket when it’s cold or wear two pairs of socks (it really works)!
- Open your windows and doors for a nice breeze before turning on your A/C
Read more usefult tips here