Looking for some ideas to make your life "greener"? As millions of Australians are embracing renewable energy, Sustainable House Day provides a unique opportunity for households in major cities to share new ways to adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle. So why not visit a home near you to see how it's done?
The average household contributes 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere each year and draws the equivalent of 73 000 buckets of water each day - that's enough for around 12 baths per day. As communities come to the realization that many of our resources (water, coal, gas, wood etc) are finite, lessening our impact upon the environment becomes a more important issue. From harvesting rainwater, or growing your own vegetables to utilizing solar power, participating homes will offer some very economical alternatives.
An initiative of Australian Solar Energy Society, since 2001, hundreds of homes across the country have opened their doors offering free tours to the general public. Last year, 40 000 people visited over 200 homes, making the most of the chance to take a real life peek inside.
Plant natives to save water and provide an ideal bird habitat