Sustainable Living

Switching to renewable energy to power your home or business is one positive step to creating a more sustainable future for ourselves and the generations to follow. There are many adjustments you can make to your lifestyle and small everyday choices that can have a significant cumulative flow on effect to the well being of our environment.

Make sustainable choices when you shop

Farmers Market

  • buy local and reduce the distance your products have traveled to get to you
  • buy recycled, it reduces waste but also saves energy and resources in the production process
  • bring your own bag
  • choose your wood based products – from dining chairs to toilet roll – based on its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation
  • If you enjoy seafood look for products that have the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label – it ensures the seafood has come from well-managed sources

Reduce your energy consumption at home

Compact fluoro globe

  • turn off lights, heating, cooling, appliances etc when you are not using them
  • reduce heating usage by closing doors, curtains and blinds in winter
  • insulate walls and ceilings, seal gaps around doors and cracks, and place blinds on westerly facing windows
  • turn off the hot water system before going on long holidays
  • be conscious of energy ratings and buy lights and appliances with high energy ratings
  • before you decide to live in a house be conscious of how its design and orientation affect energy usage and check past power bills

Reduce your waste


  • buy fresh loose produce and avoid pre-packaged products
  • keep a close reign on your cupboard and refrigerator to avoid food spoiling and store food in sealed containers
  • compost waste food scraps – great for your veggies garden
  • reuse glass and plastic containers
  • make the most of the recycling services of your local area
  • print only if you have to and then reuse paper or print both sides
  • say no to junk mail
  • try reading the news online instead of buying newspapers and magazines especially since most newspapers are just read once

Reduce your carbon emissions through transport


  • reduce the amount you drive your car
  • ride a bicycle whenever possible or use public transport
  • walk more, like to the local shops
  • shop locally and if you drive do fewer, bigger shops or if you walk or ride do more, smaller shops
  • choose holiday destinations closer to home and support local business in the process

New Homes

Sustainable architecture

Building a new home? Consider designing a ‘green home’ that uses a planning and design process that is environmentally responsible and resource efficient. The Australian Government’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes has a wealth of information on new home design, materials, energy and water efficiency

Renting your home?

Victorian Smart Renters Guide

You can still make changes to help you save money on your energy consumption and reduce your environmental impact. Environment Victoria has produced a great guide for Sustainable Living Tips For Renters, you can download it here.