Sustainability at home

Reduce waste

  • Only put listed items in recycling bins.
  • Keep a couple of chooks or a worm farm to take care of left over food scraps.
  • Bin your rubbish remember that Binners R Winners!
  • Give unworn or old clothes in good condition to others or to charity.
  • Use old cotton clothes as cleaning rags before binning them.
  • Remind mum or dad to take reusable bags when you go shopping to carry your groceries.
  • Reuse glass jars for storing small items and food.

Save water

  • Keep showers to less than four minutes (four minute shower timers are available from the Water Corporation).
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Ask mum or dad if you have a water-efficient shower rose.
  • Use the half flush button on the toilet.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is fully loaded, not half empty, when you run it.
  • Inform a parent if you see a dripping tap.
  • Remind mum and dad to look for five or six star water-efficient white goods.
  • Suggest to mum and dad to use of a pool cover.

Save energy

  • Help hang the washing on the line instead of using the dryer.
  • Switch off TV, computers and other appliances at the wall, during the night.
  • Travel on public transport when you can.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Look for the energy efficient star ratings when your parents choose light globes and appliances.
  • Ask if your parents can install a solar panel energy unit.
  • Check with mum or dad if your house has good insulation in the roof.
  • Close the curtains or blinds if you have the air-conditioner or heater on.

Impress your parents

  • Tidy your bedroom at least once a week.
  • Do two jobs around the house each week, do them well and make them your own.
  • Assist mum and dad when they ask for your help.
  • Make lunch for mum or dad once in a while.
  • Write a letter or card thanking mum and dad for all the great things they do.
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