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If you’re looking for some ways to live sustainably this summer AND save some money then here are 5 great ideas to try!

1. Keep your electricity bill down by making the most of the summer sun

Keep the temperature low in your home and save energy by keeping your curtains drawn during the day to avoid absorbing heat from the sun. Furthermore, you can take advantage of the warm weather, sunny skies and summer breeze by air drying your clothes outside on a line, rather than running the dryer and wasting energy.

 2. De-clutter your home and get rid of your unused electronics and mobile phones

It’s easier than you think to purge your home of hazardous materials without spending a cent. There are over 22.5 million unused mobile phones stored away in homes around Australia and e-waste one of the fastest growing types of waste in the country…it’s time to do something useful and recycle your mobile phone with MobileMuster at one of their many drop-off points, or you can grab a free satchel from Australia Post and post in your old mobiles to start summer sustainably!

3. Kit yourself out with brands that have street-cred as well as enviro-cred

Not surprisingly sustainable, ethically manufactured and environmentally conscious fashion is becoming increasingly popular in Australia as we realise the myriad of benefits this produces for both the industry and consumers alike. Made with 100% recycled polyester liner, this Wetsuit is the perfect combination of style, sustainability and practicality for your summer beach adventures.

4. Remain hydrated with eco-friendly reusable water bottles and coffee cups 

Annually, over 500 billion disposable paper, Styrofoam and single-use plastic cups are used worldwide and this figure is rapidly rising each year.  By using an elegant and trendy cup you can do your bit to help reduce preventable waste. They’re reusable, made from glass, and are microwave safe and BPA-free.

If you’re one of the eight in ten Australian’s that don’t drink enough water you might not be feeling as healthy and happy as you could be. Taking a reusable BPA free water bottle with you wherever you go is the sustainable way to keep hydrated this summer.

5. Keep your skin hydrated with organic skin products

As many people turn to organic alternatives for their food and household cleaning items, it’s no wonder that organic skin care products and organic make-up are increasing in popularity as well. Organic Skin Food will deeply nourish your whole body and restore your skin after a salty dip or a day in the sun

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  • We’re doing fairly well by this list, but I do need to declutter the cupboards. We’ve invested in solar power and solar hot water as well, and they are working very well.

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  • One thing i have started doing is using reuseable drinkbottles and cups. Saves money but is great as free from BPA and everyone in our house knows whos drink is whos.

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  • Thanks for the tips. Every year we talk about it but this year we have actually started doing it.

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  • Some great tips here, surely though using the warmer weather to dry washing is something every family already does right?. I need to drink more water, so i will be sure to get myself a reuseable water bottle

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  • Instant Heat Gas Water Services are supposed to be more energy efficient. What you are not told in such advertising is that they have to plugged into a power point. I have one at my rental home unit.
    It is 2 solar panels with Instant Heat Gas Hot Water Service Back-up. Both have to ber plugged into the power. The hot water takes as long to reach the taps as it did with an Ordinary Gas Hot Water Service. Yes, my gas Bill is lower but my electricity bill higher and I have one less bedroom. In Summer I close my windows and close curtains, blinds etc. while it is hot. I do use my airconditioning during really hot weather because of a medical condition, but normally run it about 25 – 26C to keep it cool and often turn it off for awhile when the house is cool enough or just use an economical type fan. Unfortunately my back wall is in the sun all day but it has no windows to allow heat or cold in. I use it at night when it is hot or I don’t sleep which is dangerous with my medical condition. We have fairly solid plastic glasses we use – no risk of breakage – and we have been using them for over 30 years. I know that by the age of a relative’s child as they were bought when she was a baby. We bought a baby version of one for the baby at the same time. I have lost count how many times they have been dropped, knocked out of a cupboard, bumped against a tap etc. and none them have cracked or broken. Stainless Steel flasks are good when travelling in cold weather. If you drink different things you can put boiling water in them and take, tea and coffee etc. in small separate containers.
    At present I am putting my washing in the dryer as spiders have invaded my clothes line which I clean before I use it every time; also there is building construction the other side of the fence at the moment. They are keeping the soil as damp as is practical but the warmth of the sun dries the topsoil quickly in warm weather and it has been very windy. If the dirt gets on them while the washing is still damp they have to be re-washed.
    In Winter I put extra clothes on and curl up in a blanket rather than use a heater unless I am airing washing at the same time when it was being hung outdoors. I have a steel clothes airer that I can dry / air small items of clothing on. I have a verandah so I can put it in the sun or shade according to the weather conditions. If it starts to rain and the clothes are “airing dry” I can bring the airer inside to “finish off”. If the washing is on the outdoor clothes line and it rains, a lot of it gets damp/wet while you are removing the pegs an d putting the wahing into a basket. My Mum taught me that when I was a teenager and I have done it ever since, so I have saved a lot of electricity.

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  • Some great tips there. This year we are trying to save money and live off as much home grown produce as possible.

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  • Very interesting article to read, plus good tips.

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  • Good tips we’re doing a clean up in a few days and Summer is fab for keeping the power bill down especially after our Winter bill!

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  • Thank you for the tips. We try to think sustainability around the home but sometimes it’s easier to do things a different, less sustainable, way so this is a great reminder.

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  • Small things can add up to make a big difference.

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  • These tips make me feel pretty energy efficient already.

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  • Thanks for the tips – we are pretty careful about our energy use around the home.

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  • yes i have had the biggg!!! clean up for christmas. i have a few areas to go but the major stuff is done. i just can’t believe how much stuff that i donated! a few ute loads! it made me wonder why i even kept half of it.


    • Wonderful! It will be good to start the New Year will less clutter!



      • yes for sure! we re-use water bottles also! very handy when the kids get them dirty as well.

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  • some good ideas here for summer.

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  • Like ir

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