Resources for residents
It’s easy being green at home, and doesn’t cost the earth!
It’s the small steps that residents take to become more sustainable, that has significant impact on the environmental footprint of our community, whether you recycle all you can, feed your food scraps to the worm, or cycle to work.
Below is some information that can assist householders in reducing their energy and water consumption, and waste generation.
Be Climate Clever at Home
Water for Life provides information, preferred suppliers, and cost of installing energy and water efficient appliances in the home, including water tanks, hot water systems, solar panels, and more.
Green the Block
Green the Block is a new initiative developed by Mosman Council to help residents living in apartments and unit blocks achieve their sustainability goals. We aim to help troubleshoot your environmental challenges and provide resources to bring about better environmental outcomes in waste and recycling. To find out move visit our Green the Block page.
Waste and Recycling resources
Council has a wide range of bin stickers, wall signage and other resources to help residents recycle correctly. You can either print them off yourself or collect directly from Council. For more information check out our Waste and Recycling Resources page.
What makes a home more sustainable?
Recently, Mosman Council in partnership with members of the community hosted a tour for Sustainable House Day . Residents on tour gained invaluable insight into how one can retro-fit their existing home to become more sustainable, from installing a chilli pepper hot water pump to installing honeycomb blinds. Curious to know more?
There are many simple changes that residents can make to their homes to become more sustainable and reduce your utility bills. Some tips for those who are looking to purchase or rent are listed below, or start networking with other Mosman residents who have made some positive changes to their homes.
To hear about what other residents in the Mosman community have done to make their home and lifestyle sustainable check out these you tube videos ‘ Living Mosman – Sustainable Households’ and Living Mosman – Community Gardening’
Sustainable Home Tips:
If you are already near amenities and public transport, you can tick that box. Other points to look out for, especially when purchasing or renting:
- Windows: Large North facing windows
- East/West windows protected
Outside areas not only add value to your home, but can also provide space for:
- Water tanks
- Room for veggie garden – needs summer sun
- Plenty of green space – absorbs heat
- Protected convenient clothesline
- Efficient pool pump/solar heating
- Solar panels/solar hot water – or potential
- Outdoor entertainment area
Areas inside your home:
- A house that has a timeless quality can be adapted (little upkeep and do not have to move)
- Windows/doors on opposite sides for cross ventilation
- Rooms can be closed off for heating/cooling efficiency
- Walls/ceiling insulation – must be able to see it
- 5 Star appliances – dishwasher, hot water heater, heater, air conditioner (inverter/heat pump)
- Double glazing/eco glass and Insulating window coverings and skylights
- Efficient lights – Fluorescent and LED
- Dual flush toilets/water efficient taps and shower heads
Water for Life shows you how to save water with tips and information on saving water around the home.