What are the steps to build resiliency to climate change into your home?

What are the steps to build resiliency to climate change into your home?

Climate change is now a reality. Climate change is now common reality. Australia is experiencing rising sea levels, increased heat waves, flooding, and droughts over the years. Over the next few years, climate conditions could get worse. We must be proactive in ensuring resilience in our daily lives and making our homes more sustainable for the future. We must be open to making changes, anticipating future problems, and absorbing shocks if we want to become more resilient to climate change. This post will provide some tips on how to make your home more resilient and combat climate change.

What can we do to combat climate change?

Urban areas are hotter than those with vegetation. Because buildings, roads, and other urban structures absorb heat more quickly. They also emit heat at night. This phenomenon is known as the Urban Heat Island Effect. How can we reduce this effect in our cities and towns?

  • Go green Trees and gardens can reduce the temperature and provide shade. Shade and shade can reduce the need to air conditioner. To reduce heat island effect, plant more trees and shrubs around your house to provide shade and ventilation. You should ensure that you choose the right plants and trees for your location, water them often, and keep your garden free of any debris.
  • Conserve rainwater Storing rainwater is a good idea if you live in an area that is susceptible to drought or has water restrictions. Additionally, rainwater can pollute water bodies and cause flooding. Rainwater tanks or a rain garden are the most popular ways to harvest stormwater. Permeable paving surfaces such as porous asphalt and pavers will allow rainwater to soak into the ground.
  • Install a light-coloured roof Darker buildings and roofs will retain heat and emit heat for longer than those with lighter colours. A light-coloured roof can help reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 4-8% Consider painting your dark-coloured roof.
  • Create energy-efficient homes If you’re building a new house, make sure to choose fire-resistant or water-resistant materials. A sustainable home will last for many decades. It is not only the size and location of the home that matters. The energy rating of your house can make a difference in your quality of living, save you money on heating and cooling, and increase your home’s value if you decide to sell it.
  • Look for energy-efficient appliances Before you buy appliances. If you’re looking for a new air conditioning unit, make sure to check the ZERL label. Choose a model that has a higher rating. Energy-efficient appliances will help you save money and reduce the load on your mains power grid during heatwaves.
  • Recycle. Upcycle. Repurpose Plastic items, metal and paper can all be recycled. You can also recycle your junk and make useful things out of it. For example, you could use old credit cards to make guitar picks, or bottle caps to light tea. To reduce waste, you can also use reusable bags, BYO stainless-steel utensils, and keep-cups.
  • Lower energy consumption – When you’re not using them, turn off lights and air conditioners.
  • Solar Energy– Solar energy is a great option in Australia. It can power most of your appliances during the day. Solar power can be a great way to lower your energy bills.
  • Keep your appliances and plumbing fixtures Regular maintenance of appliances, such as hot water systems, aircon, and plumbing fixtures, will help to prevent unexpected breakdowns, excess energy consumption, and water leakage. Your utility bills will be impacted by air conditioners. Make sure to clean your filters at least once per month in summer, and have it serviced regularly to ensure indoor air quality and efficiency.

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