The New Joneses wrapped up at the end of Feb, closing the doors to their award winning ‘off-grid’ home after a month of teaching us about zero-waste, reduced and ethical consumption, energy efficiency and electric vehicles.
In the interest of keeping these important lessons alive, here are the top tips we picked up while learning to live like The New Joneses:
- Victorians throw $4 billion of edible food into landfill each year. This creates methane and wastes money, resources and the energy used to grow, process, package and transport our food. Shop to a list, buy only what you need and eat your leftovers!
- Keep chemicals away from your skin, air, waterways and food supply with natural cleaning products that are good inside and out. Choose grey-water-safe, plant-based products that use recycled and recyclable packaging.
- Shop local. About 50% of money spent with local independent shops goes back into our local economy, compared to less than 14% from chain stores. Shop local and support your local community.
- You can stay cool and save if you don’t set your air con too low. Every degree of cooling below 23 degrees adds 10% to operational costs.
- Run your dishwasher (full) every second day. You can save around $120 per year. That’s a pretty solid excuse for getting out of stacking the dishwasher everyday.
- Need a new TV? Get an LED. An LED TV will save you around $270 per year in comparison to plasma. Two hundred and seventy bucks would get you a two year Netflix subscription. It’s a no brainer.
- Running an extra fridge costs around $600 per year. Chuck your drinks in an esky when friends are around, because who wants to spend $600 a year for an extra fridge?
- And if you’re looking for a better power company, look no further. Greenpeace ranks us Australia’s greenest power company (Greenpeace, 2015), we’re 100% carbon neutral – at no extra cost to you, and we’re consistently one of the cheapest retailers in VIC and NSW.
For further stories and info on simple, sustainable living, visit; http://www.greenlifestylemag.com.au/
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