Monday, November 16, 2009

Going Greener



I had a very interesting morning today. As part of the economic stimulus package, households can have a free environmental assessment of their homes, to learn about how to practically reduce their environmental impact, save money on energy bills, and of course make homes more comfortable and energy efficient to live in.

I've already made a start since I moved into my new place by installing heavy curtains, new exhaust fans, and a skylight. I have plans to install ceiling fans so that I don't have to use the air conditioning, and after today, I'm also going to look at having an external awning blind installed on my bedroom window..... in fact, I've been to the blind shop for a quote already.

I've learned about lots of new products on the market to make it easier to be environmentally friendly too.... it was definitely well worth organising. If you're interested (in Melbourne), let me know and I'll email you the contact details.

The photo above shows the the lovely Betty Jo Collage Cards that I bought for myself on the weekend. I'm planning on framing them to create artwork for my walls.
They fitted in with my environmental theme today as they were all inspired by the flotsam and jetsam that Liz has collected from various beaches. I was also lucky enough to bring home SuperPops.... and she has a brooch finding so I can wear her with pride. Thanks Liz!

14 comments:

Katy said...

Love the brooch, you are a lucky lady!

Thick curtains are a must! Good on you for being a green girl :-) We are looking at ways to help in our new house...like getting one of those Energy Meters the QLD government are subsidising. Just being able to see the differences in energy each appliance uses makes you think twice before using the dryer!

Sally said...

Wow - I had no idea about the environmental assessment. How do you organise it???

Nikki said...
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Nikki said...

too many typos in that last comment I made.... start again!

Yep - we're all for the environmental assessment at our house. That heatwave last week was the beginning of bigger, hotter things to come. We need to batten down those hatches and be prepared!!!

Amber said...

Hmmm i got a phonecall about this assesment the other day. Must chase it up. Hope you are well lovely lady...xxx

Sarah said...

I haven't heard anything about this... maybe we don't have it in WA...?

Great that you're doing your bit, though!

Tam said...

Free? They (QLD Government) are charging $50 for it here. We survive with ceiling fans here, although the Gold Coast doesnt get as hot as Melbourne.

teddybearswednesday said...

What a wonderful Idea!! I would love to have one of those Cam, so if I could get the details from you that would be great!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Sounds great Cam... when you have a chance, I'd love to know more. Thanks for sharing the info.

thornberry said...

Thanks so much Cam for blogging about this - so glad that you had a good day with my hubby!

Kuka said...

oh! she might be my favourite SuperPops of them all! Too cute!
The Style Network and Lifestyle YOU are just my kind of channels too! I saw Ruby interviewed on Oprah last night and she was so lovely that I think I'll have to tune into to her show tonight!

Michelle said...

Does the Superpops brooch coem with her own force-field too?? Could come in handy!

Thanks for mentioning the green audit. We've been discussing it at home too. We have a choice of two audits - the local govt one and the federal one which leads to the $10000 green loan. Will come in handy for replacing the solar hot water system and getting a couple of awnings for our place.

edward and lilly said...

SuperPops is truly awesome!

Sandrine said...

Great initiative will have to keep ears open around here!Your superpop is really great!;)