Practicing sustainable living at home has become a priority for many Australians. 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 asked our Electrolux Ambassadors to share their tips on how they incorporate eco living practices into their home.
Anna-Carin, Interior Designer (ANNA CARIN Design)
Often people think they need more than what's necessary, but my philosopy has always been "less is more." In my design work I try to eliminate roughly 70% of lights in a home because they're normally unnecessary. So, when it comes to choosing your appliances, I 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. Be conscious of how often you wash and always wash full loads to save water.
Stephanie Conley, Entertaining Expert (author of At Home with The Hostess)
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 vegetarian lifestyle is good for the waistline and the earth. In the laundry ,try to be as efficient as possible with your washing. I have been using the quick wash option on my Electrolux Washer Dryer to minimize water usage and my clothes always come out beautifully clean.
Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker, May Street Larder and Goody Twos - WA
A great way to reduce your household waste is to compost. All of my household green waste goes into a compost bin. Growing product 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. Then, 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. We recently added the Electrolux French Door Fridge to our kitchen which has a humidity control on the crisper to keep all our garden product fresher for longer.
James Viles (Biota Dining, Bertha's and Barn By Biota - NSW)
Living sustainability at home is about choosing appliances that are kind to the planet. I rely on induction cooktops, both at home and at work, as they are more energy efficient. Cooking with induction means you are only using power when you need it, which is one of the many reasons I love using my Electrolux Flexibridge Induction Cooktop.
Richard Ousby (Former head chef, Stokehouse QLD)
The best way to achieve a sustainable lifestyle is to reduce your gas, water and electricity consumption where possible. Implementing a good recycling system a home is a quick and easy way to help the environment. Recycling is a big teaching moment for my kids and something I want to instil in them from a young age.
Massimo Mele (Grain of the Silos - NSW, TAS)
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. My Electrolux washer dryer does a fantastic job cleaning my chef jackets in only half the time. What used to be a one-hour cycle on my old machine, I can now do in almost less than half the time with the same result.
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