Our home and garden can be a bottomless pit of resource-consuming ecological inefficiency; or a healthy Eden of self-sufficiency. So how do we manage our ecological footprint and set it on a sustainable path?
EXPLORE ACTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE HOUSE
Insulating, shading and weatherproofing your house can save you up to 45 per cent on your current energy bills while increasing the comfort and value of your home.
Every time you use electricity in your home greenhouse gases are belched out on your behalf. So buy the clean stuff!
By managing your domestic stormwater, you can reduce polluting the waterways we love to swim in, fish and simply enjoy.
Water saving habits are those easy-to-learn daily behaviours that can save us thousands of litres (and dollars) during the course of our lives.
Install a rainwater tank to collect and store rain hitting your roof and use it to water your garden, wash your clothes or fill your toilet.
Water conservation on the driest continent on the planet is essential, logical and too long in coming. There are lots of easy things we can all do!
The sun hitting your roof can power your home. It's just a question of gadgets.
Energy conservation can save resources and money through the adoption of efficient technology and behaviours.
Sunlight converts cold water into hot water. No gases are emitted and no one gets hurt. Life is rarely this simple!
When investing in large household appliances and fixtures, use the government's Energy and Water Ratings (stars) to guide you to the most efficient products to save money.
The urban spread of our houses and gardens, and the power, water and materials required for them to provide us with a comfortable living space account for a significant proportion of our ecological footprint. Managed effectively, this integral part of our lives can be a vehicle for the conservation, generation and collection of energy, water and natural resources. It can also supply us with much of the food we need.
Our homes are our sanctuaries where we bring our dearest, raise our children and spend over half our lives. Tapping the potential of the house and garden to rejuvenate, inspire and soothe us, as well as protecting and sheltering us, is one of the creative missions of any householder's life.