How To Make House Moving More Eco-Friendly
Most people associate stress with moving, but what’s often overlooked is the strain placed on the environment with everything that’s involved in the process. But moving doesn’t have to be an environmental hindrance – In fact, it can be a great opportunity to re-think your carbon footprint and put eco-friendly measures in place for during and after the move.
1. USE PRE-USED MOVING BOXES THEN PASS THEM ALONG?
Moving boxes are about $5 a pop. Why not seek out pre-used boxes and then pass them on to someone else in need when you’re done. If you can’t find pre-used boxes, there are plenty on the market made out of recycled materials.
2. SWITCH TO A GREEN ENERGY PROVIDER
Moving is a good excuse to seek out a more environmentally conscious energy provider. The ‘Green Electricity Guide’ is a great online resource for comparing the performance of Australian electricity providers.
3. PREPARE MEALS IN THE LEAD-UP
Prepping and freezing meals for the packing and unpacking period is a wise idea. Not only will it save you time and headspace, but it will also save your back pocket and the environment by avoiding excess takeaway costs and wastage.
4. REHOME OR DONATE YOUR PRE-LOVED GOODS
Preparing to move is the perfect time to re-evaluate your possessions – in other words, it’s time to cull. Rather than simply throwing items out, consider donating clothes and household goods that are in decent condition to a local charity. It’s a little bit of extra effort that goes a long way.
5. LEAVE GARDEN CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEXT RESIDENTS
Leaving a beloved garden behind? Why not leave a care package or instructions for the new residents on how to best take care of the plants. If your real estate agent isn’t keen on you leaving it on the property, it won’t hurt to ask them to pass it on.
6. DISPOSE OF OBSOLETE APPLIANCES RESPONSIBLY
‘Sustainability Victoria’ (Victoria State Government) has published helpful online guides on how and where to dispose correctly of Whitegoods and appliances. Here you will also find information on how to dispose of paints, lighting, batteries and excess garden waste.
7. USE TOWELS AND BLANKETS INSTEAD OF BUBBLE WRAP
It’s no secret that bubble wrap puts an enormous strain on the planet, not only from a manufacturing perspective but also in terms of the catastrophic issue of ongoing landfill. Using towels, blankets and ties are a great way to protect larger items and eliminate harmful wastage after the move. For smaller items, ask your newsagent for outdated newspapers, which are easily recycled.
8. SWITCH TO ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING
Moving into a new property poses a good cause for evaluating your lighting situation. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are popular choices for energy saving, and while they might cost more up front, they will save you and the planet in the long run.
9. CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS AND GO PAPERLESS
Don’t forget to change all your addresses over to avoid the new residents being bombarded with your personal mail. In fact, why not go paperless and opt for email statements and bills wherever possible.
10. USE ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS
With so many eco-friendly cleaning products available at all major grocers, consider switching to these non-toxic options if you haven’t already. Vinegar, lemon, and bicarbonate are also fantastic natural solutions for cleaning that are easy on the environment as well as your health.
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