Sustainable Homes
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Create an Energy Efficient Home

Reducing your energy use at home makes sense - both financially and environmentally! With electricity and gas bills due to keep rising - now is the time to make a change. The great links below will help you reduce your electricity and gas bills, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, and make your home more comfortable to live in. And it's pretty easy too!

Appliance Energy Rating
Check out energy ratings for all major appliances before you buy at this government website

EcoSmart Electricians
An EcoSmart Electrician can help you save money, become more energy efficient, reduce your carbon footprint and play your part in helping the environment.

Purchasing 100% accredited GreenPower (ie, 'green electricity' generated by solar, hydro or wind) will not only reduce your home's greenhouse gas emissions, it will also drive demand for renewable energy solutions. This is the single biggest thing you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your home. Vote with your dollar and switch to 100% accredited GreenPower today via your electricity provider. All you need to do is call them. This government website can answer your GreenPower questions too.

GreenSmart and GreenSmart Professionals - Housing Institute of Australia (HIA)
HIA provides leadership in the recognition of environmentally responsible residential building and land development through its GreenSmart program. GreenSmart was established by HIA in 1999 to promote practical, affordable and durable environmental solutions for residential design and construction. The GreenSmart Guidance Book - for renovations or new builds has loads of great information.

Powermates - measure your appliances electricity use
Borrow a powermate from the library, or hire one from the Environment Shop to discover how much electricity your appliances use when in use or on standby.

Renew (formerly known as the Alternative Technology Association)
Renew is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable technology and practice. Renew provides advice about good building design, conserving water and using renewable energy.

Sustainability Victoria
Sustainability is about making sure the social, economic and environmental needs of our community are met and kept healthy for future generations. As an agency of the Victorian Government, Sustainability Victoria provides simple information about how to reduce energy at home.

Thermal Performance Assessors
Thermal Performance Assessors (TPAs) conduct residential building thermal performance assessments. Residential building thermal performance assessment is required for all proposed residential construction under current legislation, and measures the thermal performance of a proposed dwelling design.

Your Home Guide
Excellent, comprehensive government guides for buying or renovating your home

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