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How to get ready for a green baby

As a new parent you want a healthy, safe environment for your children to grow up in. At the same time, the pitter patter of little feet can lead you to super-size your ecological footprint. 

Most Victorian families find there’s a huge spike in their energy use when the new family member arrives. You’re likely to be using the heater more, boiling lots of water, and running the washing machine ragged.

You might find yourself upgrading appliances, getting another car and literally burning the midnight, and 2am, oil. The good news is that there are many simple things you can do to help our environment that will also make life more comfortable for you and your baby. And as electricity and gas prices continue to rise, you can limit the money you spend on energy bills - and that's a big deal when you have another mouth to feed!  


WE'RE WORKING WITH FAMILIES ACROSS VICTORIA 

From 2013 to 2015 we'll be working with 30 local councils across Victoria to help first time parents on low incomes cut their energy bills through energy saving workshops. As well as working with low‐income new parents in general, the project will have a particular focus on parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Indigenous parents. Learn more >


What you really need to buy
Learn from experienced parents what you really need to buy new for the baby, what you don't need, and how you can save heaps.


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Stay comfy, save money - draught proof and insulate
You’ll be spending more time at home, so some simple and cheap fixes now will help you stay comfortable.


Put your home on a detox diet
Babies are more sensitive to toxins so reducing the chemicals in your home is a great idea. We've got some ideas on how to live without quite so many chemicals.


Making big buys?
Babies can mean big buys – a bigger fridge, a dishwasher, a new or second car, maybe even a bigger house. Use our tips and links to buy greener.


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Safer, greener renovations
Tips on sustainable design and materials, and making sure your renovations are as safe as possible for expectant mothers and babies.


Save water, energy and money
With more time at home, you'll be using more energy and water. Find out about the gadgets and habits which will cut your environmental impact and your costs.


Getting around with a baby
With our parents’ tips on prams, slings, public transport and bicycles you avoid the hassles of parking and get some fresh air and exercise while you're getting from A to B.


Give reusable nappies a go
Modern re-useable nappies save you around $2,500 and 700 kgs of waste from landfill. It’s not all or nothing, so why not give them a try and see how you go? 


 

more green actions

Make changes to your household
Green your transport choices

 

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