With the cost of living rising, Melissa’s sustainable lifestyle is now paying off

The prices of food, electricity and fuel are skyrocketing, but this has hardly any consequences for Melissa Weckert and her family.

Their backyard is full of trees and plants that grow their own fruits and vegetables.

They rarely go to the store to buy groceries, and when they do they drive their hybrid car.

“This leaves a small carbon footprint and less plastic use,” said Ms Weckert.

The family of three from Hope Valley in South Australia have developed a habit of eating seasonally, which means better nutrition and a healthier garden.

In winter, the dining table is full of broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, while in summer tomatoes and cucumbers dominate.

The Weckert family wants to contribute to the environment.Delivered

All homegrown produce means the family barely feels the pinch of soaring prices.

“We are very grateful to have taken these steps as a family a while back,” said Ms. Weckert.

But these habits are not built overnight.

After purchasing a house in 2016, Mrs. Weckert and her husband Sam committed to living a sustainable life.

“We wanted to create a good environment for our small family.”

Tomatoes, eggs, spring onions and other vegetables in a basket.
The family hardly goes to the fruit and vegetable shops because most of them are grown in their backyard.Delivered

Their large backyard is now stocked with over 35 varieties of fruits and vegetables, as well as eight chickens producing eggs.

“We have a lot of herbs… pumpkin, cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini and also a cherry tree,” she said.

The family has rainwater tanks, while the house is powered by a solar battery and uses electricity instead of gas.

Distance shot of a lady in garden clothes with a chicken in her garden.
Mrs. Weckert was looking for a house with a large backyard when the family bought in 2016.Delivered

They have also invested in insulation such as double glazing and honeycomb blinds.

“What we’re doing for the house is trying to make it energy efficient,” said Ms. Weckert.

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