There are many ways we can improve our health and wellbeing from small changes in our homes and the buildings where we work and study.
Residential and commercial buildings account for around 20% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Not being able to control the temperature and poor indoor air quality can contribute to heart disease, stroke, asthma and other respiratory diseases, and even impact our mental health.
Improving energy efficiency in our homes and other buildings can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs. Taking action can lead to clear benefits for health and wellbeing. For example, installing insulation - making our homes more comfortable, helps us fight off disease and just makes us feel better! We can also reduce our future energy bills, reduce air pollution and tackle climate change by switching to cleaner energy source – better for everyone’s health!
Did you know that people living in urban areas have a more positive outlook on life and higher life satisfaction when they have access to natural environments? Exposure to nature also enhances our ability to cope with and recover from stress and recover from illness and injury.
There are plenty of small changes we can make such as providing shade, plants and trees to create more urban green space to help moderate extremes of heat and cold. Introducing or expanding parks, gardens, and other green spaces around homes and buildings can also reduce our energy costs and carbon emissions.
Improving the energy efficiency of houses and buildings, together with improvements in indoor air quality, can offer important health gains as well as financial savings in addition to emissions reductions. Yes, It’s another win-win-win!
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