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Eco-Friendly Shed Upgrades and DIY Projects

Sheds are versatile spaces that can serve various purposes, from storage to workshops and even as alternative living areas. As awareness of environmental sustainability grows, more people are looking for ways to make their sheds eco-friendly.

In Australia, where the climate can vary significantly, it's essential to consider sustainable options that suit our local conditions. In this blog, we'll explore organic upgrades and DIY projects for creating a more sustainable shed space for a greener tomorrow.

Solar Power Installation

One of the most impactful upgrades for a sustainable shed is installing solar panels.

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Australia receives abundant sunlight throughout the year, making solar power a viable and eco-friendly energy source. DIY solar panel kits are available, although professional installation may be necessary for larger setups. Solar power can provide electricity for lighting, tools, and even heating or cooling systems, reducing reliance on the grid.

Rainwater Collection System

Setting up a rainwater collection system can be highly beneficial for homeowners. The collected rainwater can be used for showers, toilets, outdoor taps, and can be a great help for regions that are prone to drought or water restrictions, or even lessen your reliance on town water – this can be a very cost saving initiative.

Areas near the Murray-Darling Basin, which covers parts of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia, is Australia's largest river system and is susceptible to droughts due to its reliance on rainfall and river flows for agricultural activities.

Collecting rainwater from the shed's roof into storage tanks allows for irrigation of gardens, cleaning tools, and even supplying water for basic needs. Of course, for health and personal safety, installing a filtration system to ensure the harvested water is safe for various uses is of utmost importance.

Natural Lighting and Ventilation

Maximise natural light and ventilation in your shed to reduce the need for artificial lighting and cooling. Consider installing skylights or windows strategically placed to allow ample sunlight during the day. For ventilation, use passive cooling techniques such as whirly birds or louvres that promote airflow without relying on electricity.

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Shop Accessories

Fibreglass Skylight - EasyShed

Fibreglass Skylight

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Louvre Window Unit in Off White - EasyShed

Louvre Window

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Bike Hook - EasyShed
Bike Hook - EasyShed

Bike Hook

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J Hooks 4pk - EasyShed
J Hooks 4pk - EasyShed

J Hooks 4pk

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Padlock - EasyShed
Person locking the shed with a padlock.


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Flooring System per m2 - EasyShed

Flooring System per m2

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Upcycled and Recycled Materials

Opt for sustainable building materials when constructing or renovating your shed. You may use reclaimed timber for shelves, benches, and stools. Recycled metal sheets or eco-friendly composite materials can be used for roofing and siding. Incorporating upcycled materials not only reduces waste but also adds character and uniqueness to your shed.

Living Walls or Vertical Gardens

A green wall, better known as living walls, involves planting vegetation vertically along the shed’s wall or any stable and suitable surface. These can improve air quality and reduce heat absorption. A living wall composed of vertical gardens also adds beauty and promotes biodiversity while helping to cool the shed's interior.

For a living wall built against a metal shed, you’d want to select heat-resistant plants that can thrive in such conditions. Succulents are known for their ability to tolerate hot and dry conditions. Varieties like Echeveria, Sedum, and Crassula are non-native to Australia but are known for their ability to thrive in our weather.

Native plants like the Grevillia, take 100-degree days like it’s nothing! Kangaroo Paws, Banksias, and Wattles are also good choices but may require checking on every once in a while, and to be built with adequate space between the metal sheeting.

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Energy-Efficient Appliances and Lighting

Converted your shed into a man cave? Nice!

If you’re running power through your shed for appliances like a fridge, microwave, tv, or power tools, choose energy-efficient models. Look for appliances with high Energy Star ratings to minimise electricity consumption. Switch to LED lighting, which is not only energy-efficient but also longer-lasting than traditional bulbs.

DIY Insulation and Temperature Control

Proper insulation is important for maintaining comfortable temperatures inside the shed, especially during extreme summer days. DIY insulation options include using recycled denim insulation or foam boards. Seal gaps and cracks to prevent air leaks and add a small wood fire or efficient electric heater for winter warmth.

Go green, go you!

Combine these organic upgrades and DIY projects to transform your shed and yard into a statement of sustainability.

Whether you're seeking less energy consumption, eco-conscious living, or simply a greener approach to your hobbies and storage needs, these sustainable options offer practical and rewarding solutions.

Don’t be afraid to embrace creativity, innovation, and a commitment to being eco-friendly as you take a step towards making life easy for Mother Earth and the environment.


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