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Sustainable Living Guide

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sustainable living guide

The Sustainable Living Guide is designed for business, local government, and community organisations to provide leadership and support for action to reduce climate change and move towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

The guide provides ideas, tips and inspiration about how small, easy changes can have positive impacts on the environment, health, wellbeing and the hip pocket.

Water saving tips

Avoid bottled water - Humans require at least two litres of drinking water a day to keep our bodies hydrated and with our increasingly busy lifestyles, more and more people are purchasing bottled water. Australians spend over $500M pa on bottled water and approximately 50% of bottles sold in the bottled water market end up in landfill. Our tap water is of the highest quality and is about 2,000 times cheaper per litre than bottled water.

Take showers instead of baths - Keeping showers short (no more than 4  minutes) and using a water-saving shower head can mean using 7 times less water than taking a bath. Take a bucket into the shower and recycle the excess water in the garden.

Fix dripping taps and check for leaks - Drips might be small and easily overlooked but if a tap is leaking or dripping for days or even weeks, up to 13 litres of water a day will be going down the drain. In many case 

For more water saving tips please see our  fact sheet1MB pdf(PDF, 1MB) or learn to cultivate water saving habits.

Energy Saving Tips

Install solar hot water - Sunlight converts cold water into hot water.  Water heating accounts for approximately 30 per cent of an average household's total greenhouse gas emissions and about the same proportion of total household energy use. The efficiency of solar hot water heaters has increased so much over the past 30 years that solar powered hot water is possible year round for most Australian homes 

Switch off - Turn off lights and electrical appliances (at the power point) when not in use. Standby power accounts for about 4 per cent of the average homes energy use.

Create your own electricity - The installation of solar panels on a home will generate a significant amount of electricity and reduce household greenhouse gas emissions. A 1.5kW system will save approximately 2.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions, per annum compared to coal powered electricity.

For more Energy saving tips please see how to cultivate energy saving habits.

Waste reduction

Use what you buy -  The average Australian household wastes more than $1,000 every year purchasing items they never use. The majority of this is food purchased and thrown out -over 5 billion dollars per annum!

Compost - Look at ways green or organic waste can be recycled. Port Macquarie-Hastings council provides a green bin for residents and after collection, is processed at our Organics processing center at Cairncross. Creating a personal compost in the backyard or even looking at worm farming is great for the environment and great for the garden.

Recycle -Using the yellow bin to recycle plastics, paper, metal, and glass is a great way to reduce the waste that is sent to landfill.  As the name suggests, recycled waste is taken, processed and recreated into new products. In order to reduce the strain our ongoing consumption is putting on the environment, we need to use less and use it many times.

For more waste reduction tips please see how to cultivate waste reduction habits.


This page was last updated on: 04 August 2020