With the constant changes in our environment, it’s essential to incorporate sustainability is everything we do. One way to practise sustainable living is through housing arrangements, specifically in dual occupancy homes.
As you know, dual occupancy homes are composed of two dwellings in one property. It can either be separated by a single wall or completely separated dwellings, but they can’t be sold separately. Meanwhile, since there are two housings in a single lot, it’s one of the best ways to practise eco-friendly living.
In this article, we’ll list the most common ways you can incorporate sustainable living in dual occupancy homes.
1. Energy-Efficient Appliances and Layout
Sustainability starts with the home design and materials used in construction. When choosing the materials, opt for those that require less environmental impact. Although it’s impossible to find a way to build dual occupancy homes without leaving a carbon footprint, there are still ways to lessen the overall impact.
When it comes to the design, don’t forget to add huge windows, install energy-efficient appliances, and secure insulation. Besides, modern appliances usually have energy-efficient stickers, so they’re easier to spot.
These things are not just helpful in terms of reducing the overall carbon footprint, but also help save money for both dwellings.
2. Systems to Utilise Renewable Energy
Another way to include eco-friendly practises in dual occupancy homes is to maximise the use of renewable energy sources. You can use solar panels on the rooftop to utilise solar energy and reduce the use and cost of electricity.
Aside from solar panels, you can also use small wind turbines, hydroelectric systems, and biomass systems that can create more electricity that you can use for everyday needs. You can look for system providers to install your preferred electricity acquisition method.
If you’re unsure about the system you want, you can research first or ask the company which one is the best way to use renewable energy.
3. Water Conservation Techniques
Aside from electricity, dual occupancy homes can also benefit from water conservation techniques. You can implement a rainwater system, connect the plumbing from the used water from the sink to the toilet flush tank (also known as a greywater system and install highly efficient showerheads.
Aside from these home water systems, you can also practise other water conservation techniques such as the following:
- Fully loading the dishwasher
- Checking leaks from pipes and faucets
- Turn off the faucet when not used or while still brushing your teeth
- Avoid over-watering your lawn
- Monitor your water bill
In addition, don’t forget to have all your pipes and water system checked once in a while, This will prevent additional charges in the long run since you can prevent leaks and pipe malfunctions.
4. Planting a Low Maintenance Garden
Another good thing about living in dual occupancy homes is that you can also create a shared garden or landscaping. And when doing so, make sure to choose native plants that are low maintenance and can adapt well to the local climate. That way, they don’t require too much water and additional care.
To make things easier in your garden, you can install a rainwater system that is connected to the irrigation system. That way, when you open the sprinklers, you’re only using the rainwater. However, you should still consider watering shrubs and trees longer than regular plants.
5. Waste Reduction and Recycling
Another essential part of having a sustainable lifestyle is proper waste management. Since you’re living in dual occupancy homes, you should encourage the other home to practise recycling, especially since you probably have to throw trash in the same bin outside the house.
In doing so, you can initiate labelling the trash bins recyclables, non-recyclables, and composting. In terms of recyclable items, you can check the label on the plastic and see if your area can recycle the specified type.
Aside from organising the trash, you should also opt for reusable kitchen items, such as utensils, containers, straws, grocery bags, and water bottles.
6. Community Engagement
Organising events about sustainable living in dual occupancy neighbourhoods is a great way to start a community. This may include informative workshops, fun activities, and collaborative efforts to address the needs of the local community.
Besides, it can create a more significant impact in promoting sustainable living if there’s a community initiating the activities. A simple neighbourhood gathering can even go beyond their area and extend to social media platforms.
Promoting sustainable living is essential nowadays. Aside from the fact that it can help you save money in the long run, you can also help create a better future for the next generations. From implementing energy-efficient designs to engaging in eco-friendly community activities, dual occupancy homeowners can promote a better lifestyle.
We hope this article convinces you to try incorporating sustainable practises in your home. If you would like to share, don’t hesitate to comment below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aliana Baraquio writes for Worthington Homes, the new Home Builder in Sydney NSW who makes major life milestones happen and stays with you through thick and thin. You can also find her trying out new recipes for barbeque and other grilled meals in her free time.Tags: duplex, eco-friendly housing, sustainable living