The Sustainable Home Checklist



Being sustainable doesn’t cost the earth; literally, figuratively or in any other sense. 


Begin with the basics

There are the now-obvious things we can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle:

  • Ride-sharing
  • Insulating our homes
  • Recycling and composting
  • Choosing eco-friendly alternatives (electronics over paper over plastic)
  • Switching off appliances when not using them
  • Shopping local and organic, growing your own and limiting meat intake.

But what clever, often overlooked, environmentally-friendly habits can we make at a lesser level that still have impact?

There are so many sustainable substitutes for their plastic or less-ecofriendly counterparts that won’t break the bank to adopt.

How sustainable is your home? See for yourself.



  • Do you use cardboard food and storage containers?
  • Do you use eco-friendly, reusable shopping bags?
  • Do you use BPA-free drink bottles?
  • Do you air dry dishes during warmer weather and only wash full dish loads?
  • Do you use pot lids when cooking?
  • Do you minimise opening your refrigerator/freezer doors as much as possible?
  • Do you buy in bulk to a) save on cost and b) reduce packaging waste?



  • Have you installed a water-saving shower head?
  • Have you lowered your water heater tank temperature to 120 degrees?
  • Do you use low-flow faucets?
  • Do you have any leaky taps?
  • Do you choose appliances with better water and energy efficient ratings?
  • Do you steam your clothes while having a shower instead of ironing them?
  • Do you open the window instead of using the extractor fan?


Lounge and general household

  • Do you air dry clothes during warmer weather?
  • Do you make your own cleaning products using lemon juice, vinegar and sodium bicarbonate?
  • Do you buy compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED light bulbs?
  • Have you installed double pane windows?
  • Are your hot water pipes and heater tank insulated?
  • Have you switched off any wall sockets that aren’t in use?
  • Do you use rechargeable batteries?



  • Have you installed any solar solutions, for example, roof panels, solar-powered lights or DIY-solar solutions?
  • Do you regrow your leftover herbs? Tip: Snip off the stem ends, pop in a glass of water, wait for the roots to regenerate, and replant.
  • Have you maximised shelter and coverage from natural shading?
  • Do you capture and reuse rain water as irrigation?


By Lydia Truesdale


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