DIY environmental home checklist

DIY environmental home checklist
Time to grab the clipboard and run the environmental ruler over your home. Identify the big bang actions that will quickly reduce your homes impact on the environment.

The journey to reduce your home's energy and water use is one of many small steps. Tips and actions from changing leaking taps to installing ceiling insulation can be easily done by anyone. More sophisticated actions like installing solar hot water will require a tradesperson. However, the key is to keep pushing through them all. This way you can massively reduce your contribution to climate change and water scarcity.

How to do it now!

Take a wander through your home and identify what needs to change in your daily habits or installed in order to improve the energy and water efficiency of your home. And once you have the list, start doing it!

Action TipImpactEaseDone it or doing it?
Cultivate energy-saving habits Switch off all lights when you don't need them Medium Child's Play 
  Switch off all electrical appliances (at the wall) when not in use Medium Child's Play 
  Turn down your thermostat and put on a jumper Medium Child's Play 
  Use pot lids when cooking Modest Child's Play 
  Cold drink of water Modest Child's Play 
  Drying your clothes Medium Child's Play 
  Avoid disposable batteries Modest Child's Play 
Cultivate water saving habits Brushing your teeth Modest Child's Play 
  Washing your body Medium Child's Play 
  Shaving Modest Child's Play 
  Clearing dishes after the meal Modest Child's Play 
  Packing the dishwasher Modest Child's Play 
  Washing clothes Modest Child's Play 
  Waiting for the warm water to arrive Modest Child's Play 
  Fix dripping taps and toilets quickly Modest Child's Play 
Use water efficiently Install a water efficient shower head Medium One off job 
  Install low-flow faucets Modest One off job 
  Dual flush toilets Medium One off job 
  Use the water twice Medium One off job 
  Invest in a front loading clothes washing machine with AAA water rating. Medium One off job 
Embrace energy efficiency Install insulation in ceiling, floor and walls Medium One off job 
  Install compact fluorescent globes Medium One off job 
  Shift to double-pane windows Medium One off job 
  Block the summer heat Medium One off job 
  Circulate air Medium One off job 
  Rug up in winter Medium One off job 
  Let nature work for you Medium One off job 
Insulate, shade & weatherproof your house Plant trees to shade the house in Summer Medium One off job 
  Weatherproofing your house from draughts and air leaks Medium One off job 
  Plant trees to shade the house in Summer Medium One off job 
Buy renewable electricity Buy Renewable Electricity Massive One off job 
Install solar hot water Install Solar Hot Water Massive One off job 
Generate your own electricity Install photovoltaic panels on your roof Massive One off job 
Harvest and use your rainwater Harvest and Use your Rainwater Medium One off job 
Install efficient appliances and fixtures Replace your old fridge with an energy efficient (5 star) fridge. Medium One off job 
  Replace your old washing Machine with an energy and water efficient (5 star) washing machine. Medium One off job 
  Replace your old dishwasher with an energy and water efficient (5 star) dishwasher. Medium One off job 

Impact on the environment = Massive | Medium | Modest

How easy is it to do this action = One off job | Child's play

Why is this action important?

The profound changes we need to make to our lifestyles in order to live sustainably will only come about if we address all the areas in our lives where we use energy, water and other resources. Taking a thorough and informed approach will ensure we don’t miss the elephants in the corner while chasing the mice around the floor…