Sustainable Living

Sustainable living is a way of living that minimises one’s ecological footprint. This means that one seeks to minimise the impact of one’s lifestyle on the planet by reducing the amount of energy, water and other materials consumed, as well as the amount of waste produced.  Find out more about ecological footprints on the Reduce your Ecological Footprint page of our website.

Information about sustainable living

Be sure to borrow our DIY Home Sustainability Guide and library kit from your local library.  It is a practical guide to making your home, garden and lifestyle more available. These kits are available from libraries across our project region.

There is a wealth of information about sustainable living on the internet.  Here are few of the best resources that we have found.

The NSW Government’s It’s a Living Thing website has loads of information about sustainable living.  The Victorian Government runs a similar program called  Resource Smart Victoria.

ACF Australia has produced the NSW GreenHome Guide which includes information about saving energy, saving water, reducing waste, smart shopping, green eating and more. 

Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.

The Alternative Technology Association’s Renters Guide to Sustainability provides a wealth of tips for people living in homes that they don’t own themselves.  It focuses on simple and low-cost things that can be done around the house, as well as providing tips for getting the landlord on side.

The Australian Government’s Your Home: Technical Manual (Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes), Renovator’s Guide and Buyer’s Guide are a suite of resources that are designed to help you buy, build and renovate a home to incorporate the basics of sustainabiltiy principles.   They provide a good starting point for anyone wanting to ensure their house is more sustainable.

NABERS is the National Australian Built Environment Rating Scheme.  This scheme is fast become the industry standard for rating the sustainability of existing buildings in Australia.  The Do-It-Yourself  ‘NABERS Home’ online home rating tool will help establish how efficient your home energy and water use is,  and provide strategies for increasing its efficiency.

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    September 23rd, 2015

    The Googong Sustainable Building Advisory Service has been up and running for 1 year now, with over a year to go and consultations still available at no cost to you!

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    October 29th, 2014

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