How To Make Your Rental Property As Sustainable As Possible Without Losing Your Bond

While you might not be able to do any big installations or renovations, there are many small ways you can make your rental home more sustainable.

When we think of sustainable living, often the solutions of solar powered-energy or water tanks are the first to come to mind. As a renter, these ideas along with renovations or installations are not only impossible, but also costly. The good news is that there are still plenty of other ways you can become more sustainable, and they don’t require permission from your landlord either!

Small, easy ways for more mindful usage of water

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We all know the quick tips for saving water, but whether we put them into practice is another thing. Did you know that just having an eight-minute shower uses almost 120 litres of water? In a dry country like Australia, mindful usage of water has never been more important. Being in a rental property may mean you aren’t in the position to have a water tank installed, but there are a number of other ways you can reduce and reuse water in the household.

Reduce your water consumption by purchasing a low-flow shower head to minimise water use in the shower, use a shower timer to help keep your showers short, and collect the greywater from your shower to reuse in the garden. Other ways to be mindful of your water use is to only do the laundry or turn the dishwasher on when you have a full load, and fill your sink rather than washing dishes under running water.

Make your home more energy-efficient

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Just because installing solar panels is off the cards in your rental property, that doesn’t mean you can’t be energy-efficient in other ways. If you’re trying to reduce your carbon foot print there are simple and easy steps you can take to make a start.

Investing in energy-efficient appliances is a great way to help you offset your carbon footprint and to start living more sustainably.  When purchasing appliances, check the labels or packaging for information to determine energy efficiency and when possible, opt for higher energy star-ratings on whitegoods.

Similarly, opting for LED lights will see you using a fraction of the amount of energy needed by incandescent lights; giving off less heat and lasting much longer. Simply pulling the plug when your appliances are not in use will not only save energy, but just like the above steps, will reduce your monthly electricity bills, too.

Heat and cool your home efficiently

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When trying to keep your home cool or heated, these challenges are often met with power-sucking, inefficient energy solutions. For more sustainable living and a more cost-efficient solution when moderating the temperatures in your home, opt for heavy, lined curtains or keep warm with blankets rather than air conditioning or heating.

Draught-proofing your home will also stop the warm air escaping or allowing chilly breezes in, so investing in self-adhesive draught seal tape or draught snakes will not only save you money but make your home more comfortable, too.

Think green

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Lastly, to be the ultimate eco-warrior your heart so desires, why not consider switching to GreenPower? GreenPower is the only voluntary government accredited program that enables your electricity provider to purchase renewable energy on your household's or business' behalf. By making the switch to GreenPower, you can choose to have your energy from renewable sources, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that are created from electricity. Simply contact your electricity supplier and ask about their GreenPower option. The best part is that you can also choose the percentage of your renewably sourced energy, giving you full control.