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Michael Mobb's Sustainable House

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by Carisma (subscribe)
Activist and writer, currently based in Sydney. My first book is now available at spend to save
Published November 1st 2016
Green living just got easier
The Sustainable House is a dream come true for former environmental lawyer Michael Mobbs. Despite living in Sydney's CBD, Michael was able to propose plans for a self-sufficient house that would generate its own water and electricity from rainfall and solar power, process its own waste on-site, and grow its own food.

Waste water processing system
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Now, almost 20 years later, Mobbs has transformed his house into a lean, green, eco-friendly machine. The house has solar panels on the roof as well as a battery operated back-up generator to provide electricity. A rainwater tank provides the house with water that is later filtered for use inside the house. The backyard is fitted with a sewage system that processes all wastes onsite, while recycling the water. Mobbs also has a herb and vegetable garden, as well as a chicken coop to provide eggs. When you consider the fact that the house is on a block of land that is 35m by 5m, Mobbs' vision becomes even more remarkable.

Chicken coop
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Mobbs offers tours of his house every second Saturday, from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The tours cost $15 per person, and the aim of each tour is to show you how you can live off-grid, without sacrificing luxury and comfort. I'd recommend this tour for anyone who wants to learn how to live sustainably, as well as those interested in building or converting to eco-friendly houses. The house is situated at 58 Myrtle St, Chippendale, a short distance from both Central and Redfern train stations. Even if you're not a homeowner right now, I'd recommend this tour, as Mobbs is an expert in his field, and can provide great insights and tips on how to live sustainably.

Sustainable kitchen
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Why? To learn about sustainable living.
When: 11:30am to 12:30pm
Phone: 0424 460 525
Where: 58 Myrtle St, Chippendale
Cost: $15 pp
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