Sustainability at home

Sustainable living is created through making choices and forming behaviours that enable a healthy and self-supporting environment and community.

The lifestyle that many of us lead is not sustainable, as we continue to use resources at a level that far exceeds the rate at which they are replenished by the planet. Australia’s ecological footprint is 8.9 global hectares per person. If the entire global population had the same sized footprint as Australia, we would need about four Earths to support everyone.

Living sustainably is all about making choices, big and small, that reduce our impact on the earth and conserve natural resources. Making a few simple changes to our everyday lifestyle can have big results to our overall environmental ‘footprint’.

Save energy

Electrical appliances account for around 30% of energy use in the home. E…

Reduce resources and waste

By actively reducing, reusing, and recycling waste, we can ensure fewer n…

Save water

An average home in the Lower Hunter uses about 173,000 litres of water a …

Sustainable backyards and gardens

Create wildlife-friendly habitat to attract local wildlife by joining Cou…

Sustainable transport

In Australia, the transport sector accounts for over 18% of our total net…

Sustainable Living Guide

Easy tips to improve your home's energy, water and waste consumption.

Page last updated: 23 October 2018