Sustaining our environment

Sustainable households

The decisions we make about sustainability in the home can make a real difference to our impact on the environment.

By making your home more sustainable you can save money and live in a healthier, more comfortable home that is useable for you and your family throughout all of your life stages.

We all have the power to affect change.  However, while our individual efforts may seem small in isolation, the collective effect of everyone’s environmental action can have a significant and lasting impact.


Water is an essential part of life and maintaining a healthy environment. You can help save water by becoming more water wise.


Spend less on your energy bills without compromising on comfort, by making your home more energy efficient.

Smarter Choice

The choices you make when buying products and appliances and the actions you take now, can help you to spend less on your energy bills, bring down your cost of living and reduce your impact on the environment.

Recycling and waste

The average NSW household spends nearly $1,000 each year on food they throw away. There’s many ways you can avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle waste.


You don’t need a green thumb to garden sustainably. Find out how to create a healthy garden, reduce run-off, be waterwise and manage weeds.


Modern homes contain many chemicals, which are often incorrectly disposed into landfill or sewerage. These chemicals can remain in the environment for a long time, polluting our waterways, plants, animals and human bodies.

Buying and renovating

Buying or renovating a home is one of the biggest investments most people ever make. Find out how to make green choices and save money while making your home more comfortable.

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Page last updated: 28 March 2014