How To Make A More Sustainable Home

How To Make A More Sustainable Home

Eminè Mehmet

Sustainability Editor

16/06/2017

Australians love the idea of having a more sustainable home but feel that being sustainable is too hard, that it’s expensive, and they don’t know where to start.

Fear not! IKEA has got your sustainable needs covered, offering affordable solutions that save you money at home where it counts most.

IKEA Australia is the first in the world to introduce a dedicated Sustainability Shop in all IKEA stores, where customers can pick up inspiration and ideas to live a more sustainable life at home.

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The Sustainability Shop demonstrates how easy it is to make simple changes like swapping a lightbulb, using less water, or even introducing sustainable material into your soft furnishings at home can make a big difference and save money.

A water saving tap can save you money, as well as the equivalent of 260 baths of water a year.

Water use accounts for 10% of overall freshwater consumption. IKEA taps use a pressure compensating aerator, which reduces the flow of water, but not the pressure.

Swapping a tap can deliver financial and energy savings. If you run your kitchen tap for five minutes a day, having a water saving tap will save you money from your water bill, as well as the equivalent of 260 baths worth of water.

Typically, a kitchen tap might use between 15 litres and 18 litres per minute. The IKEA ALESKÄR kitchen mixer tap with hand spray has a WELS 6 star rating, which means it uses just 3.5 litres of water per minute. That’s a 77% decrease in water use, reducing both water and energy bills.

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Swapping a light bulb to LED can save you purchasing around 22 traditional light bulbs.

LED lights use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 20 times longer, which means they are better for the planet. IKEA offers an affordable range of LED lights without compromising on function or quality.

A simple light bulb switch can save you energy and money. Over the LED bulb’s lifetime (up to 25,000 hours) you will save around 22 traditional bulbs that would otherwise be thrown in the bin.

Cooking 60% faster with 40% less energy

IKEA has designed and produced an array of energy saving appliances to help reduce energy use and make a positive difference to the environment.

Induction hobs are up to 60% faster and use up to 40% less energy than glass or ceramic cooktops.

They work by transfering heat directly to the pot, rather than heating the hob or surrounding air, which means there is no wasted energy.

Boiling two litres of water on an induction hob will take just five minutes; it can take up to 10 minutes on a glass or ceramic hob.

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Keep warm and save energy with textiles

A floor rug can really tie a room together; it’s also a simple, low-cost, quick-fix solution to saving energy in the home. Many homes lose heat through the floors. Adding a rug to a room is a sustainable way to cut down on energy use.

You can also regulate indoor temperatures by using window coverings. Curtains can block out the hot sun in summer and help keep the heat inside during winter. Window coverings can also protect furniture from sun bleaching, ensuring many years of use.

IKEA’S HOPPVALS cellular blinds are a great solution to help reduce cooling and heating costs- their concertina folds create a layer of insulation – keeping you cool in summer and snug in the cooler months.

Recycle and save money

Recycling and preventing waste are simple ways to save money and the environment. By only using what we need, and recycling materials like paper, plastic, and metal, we can help slow the drain on the earth’s resources.

IKEA has created integrated sorting systems to encourage recycling and waste reduction by making it easier for you to sort waste at home.

The VARIERA sorting system –made from recycled plastic – can be used wherever you need to neatly separate, store and recycle waste.

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