Contributing to an eco-conscious life.

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Living in an EnviroDevelopment means having a happy and healthy life sensitive to nature.
Beyond what the developer does for your project, there are many other ways that you can help contribute to your sustainable community. Below are some ideas on how you can help:

Ecosystems


If you want to contribute to your healthy local ecosystem, here are some ideas:
  • Include native and weather tolerant species in your yard, it will mean less maintenance for you and reduced water bills
  • Plant wildlife friendly gardens
  • Get the children involved with free activity sheets
  • Minimise the application of manmade fertilisers or pesticides
  • Consider planting trees and bushes that provide habitat and food sources for native animals
  • Maintain your garden and lawn by removing environmental weeds.
Your local Council may be able to provide information on the best type of landscaping for your local environment

Waste


Interested in reducing your household waste? Here are some ideas:
  • Follow the simple mantra of: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse
  • Opt for reusable coffee cups
  • Replace coffee machine pods with degradable alternatives or reusable stainless-steel pods
  • Recycle your soft plastics at the local supermarket
  • Swap your plastic toothbrushes and floss for bamboo and cotton alternatives
  • Use reusable bags or boxes for grocery shopping
  • Choose the “crate to bench” option for online grocery deliveries.

Energy


You too can contribute to reducing your energy use, here are some ideas:
  • Get involved in the design and layout of your home. Good orientation of your home can take advantage of winter sun for natural heating and keep out hot summer sun, reducing the need for you to turn on the air-conditioner
  • Use cold water for laundry
  • Program your dishwasher, washing machine or clothes dryer to run in off-peak times of the day
  • Turn your appliances off at the wall when not in use – appliances on standby account for up to 10% of your electricity bill
  • Consider installing ceiling fans to increase air-flow in your home and reduce the need for air-conditioning
  • Set your air-conditioner at a comfortable temperature that won’t make your unit work too hard, but still make you feel good. As a guide, somewhere between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius. Every degree of cooling you do without saves you money
  • If you have a second fridge, run it only when needed, such as for celebrations
  • Use an outdoor drying area instead of an electric clothes dryer. It saves money and is good for your clothes
  • Purchase appliances that meet suggested minimum star ratings.

Materials


Here are some ideas on how you can reduce the environmental impact of the materials you choose to use:
  • Talk to your builder about using recycled, re-used, renewable, sustainably manufactured or non-toxic materials in your new home
  • If buying new furniture and appliances for your home, choose products made from recycled materials, or materials from renewable sources, such as sustainably harvested timber
  • In your regular shopping, avoid purchasing products with excess packaging.

Water


Looking to reduce the quantity of water you use, here are some ideas:
  • Only put your dishwasher on when its full
  • Encourage the family to empty their water bottles into the garden or pot plants instead of down the sink
  • Program your dishwasher, washing machine or clothes dryer to run in off-peak times.
  • Plant drought tolerant species to reduce water usage.

Community


Want to engage with your local community? Here are some ideas:
  • Investigate if your area has any Indigenous or post European cultural heritage and get involved
  • Preference your local shops instead of heading to major centres
  • Look for volunteering positions that become available at local clubs
  • Involve yourself in Neighbourhood Watch programs
  • Be a good neighbour! Offer to help, host parties, keep your property tidy, respect your neighbours’ personal space.

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