Australia now boasts the highest rate of household rooftop solar in the world. With the promise of cheaper electricity from solar panels, decreasing technology costs and climate change action top of mind amongst many, it’s not surprising that residents living in apartment blocks are keen to get some skin in the game.
Here we unpack some of the key benefits of solar power for apartments, plus considerations and challenges. We also ‘shine’ a light on a couple of local buildings that have made solar happen.Read more
It’s party time - for all local and Aussie home composters and worm farm-ers! This month we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the now-national Compost Revolution program.
From humble beginnings as a pilot in Sydney’s eastern suburbs to help reduce food waste with community composting stations and face to face workshops, the program can now lay claim to turning over 60,000 households’ food waste into free fertiliser for gardens across Australia every week.
HIP HIP HOORAY to that!Read more
Did you know that over one-third of carbon emissions in Australia comes from the power we use?
One of the main reasons is that around 75% of our electricity in Australia comes from coal (a fossil fuel) with only around 20 percent from zero-emissions renewable energy like solar power and wind.
The GOOD NEWS is that anyone can choose to buy renewable energy and support a more carbon-friendly power industry without actually needing a roof for solar panels or a farm for wind turbines. It’s as easy as calling your electricity provider and choosing a GreenPower product.Read more
The last few months has seen us convert our living spaces into home offices; dining tables converted to computer desks, living rooms for virtual meetings, and any space left for fitness breaks.
Whether you’re working from home or running a small business these top 10 tips will help you save power and money, with minimal effort and investment.Read more
Local resident, climate change expert and global activist Blair Palese is co-founder and former CEO of 350.org Australia and helped organise Australia’s national fossil fuel divestment campaign that’s been part of the global divestment movement to move money out of fossil fuels.
In this blog she shares her ideas on what you can do to make a difference with your cash and voice.Read more
(GUEST BLOG from the Australian Energy Foundation)
As many of us are now working, studying, and caring for children at home, our houses will use more electricity than usual too.
However, the last thing anyone needs right now is a higher electricity bill.
So here are seven easy ways to save energy while keeping you and your family connected, comfortable, and entertained:Read more
Did you know 80% of people in our local area live in apartments, and strata buildings account for over 1/3 of energy use in our area?
Council's Environment Sustainability Team has been helping large strata buildings reduce their energy consumption, carbon footprint and operating costs in common areas, with lighting upgrades and other energy efficient equipment.Read more
As dawn broke on a new year, the reality of climate change sunk in for many Australians. We’re only halfway through a summer of ongoing crippling drought, choking air quality and stifling heat extremes, the bushfire crisis destroyed lives and decimated regional communities (both human and wildlife). The environmental, economic and mental health impacts will take many years to address.Read more
Savage Garden, Plant Life and D.I.G aren’t just musical acts: they’re also the names given to some of the edible gardens in the eastern suburbs as part of an urban farming movement in our backyards and on our balconies.Read more
Albert Einstein said, “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”
As carbon concentrations increase, so does the rate of climate change. Call it a crisis or emergency, it’s hard to stay positive while glaciers disappear, fires rage, and drought extends across our land.Read more