Sustainable House Day 2019

4 September 2019

What is it?

Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Australia's most environmentally progressive homes on show at Sustainable House Day on Sunday 15 September 2019. This unique showcase of features is a valuable resource for anyone looking for inspiration.

Sustainable homes don’t just cost less to run, they can also look and feel good. Whatever stage of home ownership you’re at, we have resources to help you live more sustainably.

Building

Do more: Planning

If you get the design right, you’ll be able to lock in energy savings for decades.

Do less: Wasted space

Australians are reported to have the biggest houses in the world. Think about what size you really need, and design in zones so you maximise use of each space. Remember that you have to heat and cool the space you create, and this is responsible for 40% of your average home energy bills.

Read more

Your Home, Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes, has advice on everything from choosing a site to design advice for your climate zone, plus free house plans with high star ratings, as well as examples of sustainable homes across Australia.

Renovating

Do more: Improvements to cross ventilation

You’ll save on energy use and keep your house more comfortable in summer by retrofitting windows and doors to improve breeze paths.

Do less: Wasting standby power

While the electrician is in for your renovation, consider installing a smart switch to cut power to multiple devices in one go.

Read more

Energy.gov.au has hundreds of tips to help you save money and improve the comfort of your home, including things to consider when renovating.

Renting

Do more: Draught proofing

This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to save you on your energy bills: sealing the gaps around your doors and windows is low cost and easy to do yourself.

Do less: Wasting of food

Australian waste up to 30% of the food we purchase. Minimising food waste will not only save money but help the environment too.

Read more

Energy.gov.au has a comprehensive guide for renters, as well as 2 fact sheets available for renters in 33 languages.

Buying

Do more: Research

By understanding your climate zone you’ll have a better idea of how to choose a home that works with your local climate, rather than against it.

Do less: Buying without understanding energy ratings

While the NatHERS energy rating is now required to be displayed on all new homes and homes bought off the plan, it’s not yet mandated for existing homes. If you’re buying an existing home, make sure to ask what the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERs) rating is.

Read more

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)