Practicing sustainable living at home has become a priority for many New Zealanders. However, adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle can come with a few challenges, and is often not the most convenient option. Whether you’re a beginner or want to build on your eco-accomplishments, we have some their tips on how to incorporate eco-living practices into your home.

Optimise the energy resources

Often people think they need more than what's necessary, they say "less is more." Try to eliminate roughly 70% of lights in a home because they're normally unnecessary. When it comes to choosing your appliances, we recommend choosing a large washing machine. You can get more out of just one wash and cut down the number of loads you need to do, therefore use less water.

Plan in advance to reduce food waste

In the kitchen, try to minimize your food wastage by checking what you have left in the fridge each morning, then design recipes around these ingredients. Additionally, try and eat meat free a few nights a week - a plant base lifestyle is good for the waistline and the earth. Also, implementing a good recycling system a home is a quick and easy way to help the environment.

Make the most of your food scraps

A great way to reduce your household waste is to compost. All your green waste can go into a compost bin. Growing produce in your own garden is another great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle, plus you have the bonus of being able to enjoy delicious produce. To get the most out of your food and to avoid waste, ensure you buy an appliance that is going to suit your lifestyle by researching their features and benefits before purchasing. The Electrolux French Door Fridge crispers with auto-humidity control which keeps all your garden product fresher for longer.

Choose carefully

Living sustainability at home is about choosing appliances that are kind to the planet. For instance, cooking with induction means you are only using power when you need it. Having good storage space in your freezer or refrigeration means longer lasting food and less food wastage. Always keep your fruit and vegetables in the crisper so they will stay fresh without needing to be wrapped in plastic. When it comes to the washing, ensure you choose a washing machine that is environmentally friendly and has a good energy rating.

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