Eco audits are important in assisting to ‘green’ domestic homes, lodges and bed and breakfasts:
Þ Household behaviour is an important source of carbon emissions and environmental harms
Þ Utility costs can be reduced, saving money on monthly bills and/or allowing for higher profits
Þ Works towards a sustainable future through water conservation and resource management
The eco audit focuses on increasing behavioural, operational and technical efficiency and reducing impact within the following areas within a home, small business or school:
o Hot water systems
o Heating and cooling
o Pools and spas
Þ Waste management
Þ Domestic contaminants
The outcome of the audit is a report detailing convenient and practical solutions to better the efficiency of the home, including a tailor made shopping list, pricing, utility savings and return on investments. The owner can implement the solutions themselves as they see best. Alternatively, a project implementation service is also offered where the solutions can be procured and installed on behalf of the client.
For those renovating, the eco audit is a very handy tool in deciding what green options to include in your renovation plans, giving you an economic baseline before you even start. The results of the eco audit can be shared with the architect for inclusion in their designs and any additional capital costs can be defined prior to getting funding for the renovations.