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Energy costs are rising and environmental degradation is increasing. Many people are wondering if there's anything they can do to stop this relentless progression. It may not be possible to change the world but it's possible to start small. Working towards a sustainable lifestyle can easily start at home. For many years on Sustainable House Day, people have opened their homes to visitors, demonstrating ways to make houses environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. This year, for the first time, Sustainable House Day is completely online. From 12 September it will be possible to visit sustainable dwellings online and then attend information sessions via Zoom on Sunday 20 September.
Sustainable House Day is proudly presented by RENEW (Alternative Technology Association trading as Renew Australia), a not-for-profit organisation established in 1980. Renew provides expert, independent advice on sustainable solutions for households, government and industry.
Last year more than 44,500 people visited 252 properties across Australia. This year thanks to COVID 19 restrictions, the decision was made to have an online-only event. Registration is required, but it's free and only takes a few minutes.
Registration includes access to the full program of more than 30 free events on September 20. There are three main topics: Designing for Sustainability, Building, Retrofitting and Renovating and Renewable Energy, Community Living, Gardens and Water. Each area has a number of related presentations. From First Steps to Tiny Houses and Creating an Edible Oasis, there's something for everyone. These sessions will be held on Zoom.
From 12 September, registered visitors can log in and view house tours of over 100 participating homes. To find a nearby house or garden, enter a postcode or use the advanced search function to look anywhere in Australia for a house, garden or commercial property. Visitors can also leave comments or ask questions of the owner.
Sustainable House Day takes place on 20 September. Registered visitors can explore houses from 12 September. Follow the Sustainable House Facebook page for the latest information and start planning for the big day now.