Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 - Sustainable House Day

A record 180 homes will open their doors to the public across the country for Sustainable House Day this Sunday 13 September as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling and other practices designed to lessen our impact on the environment.

For the first time, homes will open for free this year thanks to the support of the Australian Government, providing a fantastic opportunity for people seeking to make their own homes or rental properties greener.

Event Manager Judy Celmins says Sustainable House Day gives people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind and talk to owners, receiving unbiased advice.

“We’re seeing greater investment in harvesting water and solar energy as communities realise our resources are finite and likely to become more expensive. By becoming energy efficient today, you’ll be on the front foot to save on energy bills and help the environment now and into the future” she says

“Sustainable House Day, presented by Solar Shop Australia, provides a chance for people to exchange ideas and learn from each other and visits to the houses are free of charge - so it will cost nothing to see how easy and economical the move to greener living can be.”

The Australian Government as part of its national plan to help households reduce their energy and water use, make homes more comfortable and save on their household power bills is a major sponsor of Sustainable House Day. For more information on how you can live greener and any Government support available visit LivingGreener.gov.au

Architects and builders will be on hand at many of the homes to provide expert tips while home viewers at this year’s event will be able to see benefits such as solar, ventilation, water harvesting and recycling, shading, thermal mass (materials that absorb and release heat), glazing and window treatments.

Home Sustainability Assessors funded through the Australian Government’s Green Loans program will also be available to discuss the range of energy efficiency actions that people can take around the home from simple things like switching to energy efficient lighting to larger scale changes such as installing rainwater tanks or solar panels.

Each year the average Australian household contributes 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere — enough to fill more than 700 balloons every day while each household also draws an average of 73,000 buckets of water a year - enough for around 12 baths a day.

For a full listing of homes open for Sustainable House Day visit www.sustainablehouseday.com

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Sustainable House Day gives people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind and talk to owners, receiving unbiased advice. About 270 homes will open across the nation this Sunday 12 September. A full listing is available at www.sustainablehouseday.com
Judy Celmins
P: 0403 290371
W: www.sustainablehouseday.com

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Photos and case studies of the 180 open homes are available. Copyright-free footage can also be previewed http://www.silversunpictures.com.au/client/rocket/Enviro/SHD2737_VNR-WebWMV.html

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