Environmental EducationHive Engineering, Environmentally Friendly

Over the last few years, it seems as thought the words “environmentally friendly” has become more of a buzz phrase than one with any real thought behind it. It has become cool to be green and the effort is more for social media than the earth and the air that surrounds us. The truth is, our world depends on the way we take care of it, even if we can only change a few light bulbs or turn off a tap. Our actions matter and we’ve come up with a few ways that you can become more environmentally friendly every day in your very own home.


  • Replace the bulbs in your ceiling lights and lamps to save up to 66% of the energy used to light your room
  • Unplug your television when it’s not in use
  • Open your blinds, let in the natural light and decrease the need to turn on any electrical lights
  • Using rugs on hardwood or tile floors can save 4-6% of the energy used to heat your feet
  • Keep your fridge in the shade so that it does not have to use as much effort and energy to stay cool
  • Compost your kitchen scraps to help produce less garbage
  • Consider using the microwave as it uses 50% less energy than the stove
  • Glass, silicone and ceramic dishes reduce the temperature needed to cook, saving even more energy
  • Keep your oven closed when in use; the temperature can drop by 65 degrees in only 30 seconds
  • When it comes to washing your dishes, make sure to only turn the dishwasher on when a full load is ready and let them air dry when the washing is complete to avoid wasting water and energy
  • Houseplants in all rooms improve the air quality, but definitely add a special decorative touch to the bedroom
  • Invest in organic sheets and know that you’re helping the environment even while sleeping
  • If you get cold, a wool blanket is the most eco-friendly
  • When brushing your teeth, do not leave the water running
  • Fix your tap leaks as soon as possible; 182 liters of water per week can be lost through a simple leak
  • A low-flow showerhead can save up to 160,000 liters of water per family of four
  • Having a shower saves up to 86% of the water you would use to have a bath
  • Hang your clothes to dry; every hour of a running dryer produces 2-3kg of carbon emissions
  • Washing your clothes at 30 degrees uses 40% less electricity than washing at higher temperatures
  • Even better, cold water saves 80-90% of the energy that goes into heating the water


It is a long list, but even trying one every few weeks will begin to make your home a more environmentally friendly place. There is no need to change your whole life in one try or follow every environment trend on the internet, but a few changes can make a huge step towards our world being a better and healthier place.