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Home Improvements: The Benefits of Going Green

Hello, my name is Eric and this is my home improvement and energy blog. I am very worried about the impact of climate change on our planet so I have recently taken steps to reduce my carbon footprint while carrying out home improvements. Although I am concerned about climate change, I do not know a lot about green energy solutions so I contacted an energy and environmental consultant. The consultant visited my property and recommended I installed solar panels on my roof. Since I did this, I have seen my energy bills fall and I am so happy to be saving money and the environment.



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3 Essential Systems For Off-Grid Living

by Linda Castro

The concept of off-grid living is gaining popularity in Australia. Living a lifestyle that isn't reliant on external providers for amenities is no longer simply the preserve of hippies or preppers. More and more everyday people are seeing the appeal of living in this way. The two main reasons for this are the rising cost of utilities such as electricity and water and the growing awareness of the impact that traditionally acquired amenities have on the environment. If you're considering implementing an off-grid lifestyle, then here are the three essential systems you'll need to install in your home.

1. A domestic sewage treatment system

What happens with your wastewater is an important part of creating an off-grid home. It's a fantastic way to recycle water and also to reduce the use of resources that municipal sewage treatment facilities use to process and dispose of your wastewater.

The type of sewage treatment system that is best for your home will depend largely on your location and the space you have available. Ideally, install a system that lets you divert the greywater from showers and sinks and also processes and recycles the black water produced from your toilets.

2. A renewable electricity system

The cost of electricity in Australia continues to rise every year and the ability to generate your own energy supply is both eco-friendly and financially wise. Most renewable energy systems will pay for themselves within a few years with the savings you'll make on electricity bills.

Solar energy is the most common form of renewable energy that is used in Australia. It's becoming more affordable and more reliable as the sector grows in response to consumer demand. You can also consider using wind turbines or water-driven energy systems. All of these can be used independently but using a combination of two or more systems will guarantee that you have ample electricity in all seasons and weather conditions.

3. A rainwater collection system

If you're very lucky, you may live on a property that has it's own naturally supplied water source such as stream or river. However, this is not a common feature for many homes, particularly if you're living in an urban area.

Fortunately, even an inner-city home can produce its own water supply by installing rainwater tanks. The increased popularity of this type of system means that there is a vast array of shapes, styles and water holding capacities available in rainwater tanks. This means that you can be certain to find a system that fits into the space you have available and provides an adequate amount of water for your household's needs.

For more information on choosing domestic treatment plants, contact a company like Econocycle