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Sustainable lifestyles

Sustainable Lifestyles

Imagine a Victoria where we’re healthier and happier because we walk, ride our bikes and take the train whenever we can. Where our home appliances have the highest energy efficiency ratings possible. Every drop of water is cherished. Products are reused rather than discarded. And we brag to our neighbors about our comfortable, low-impact lives.

Now imagine yourself getting involved in one of the many ongoing campaigns and programs designed to help us overcome the barriers to sustainable living and seek effective and innovative ways to tread lightly on the earth.

The Basics

Every day in Victoria, we drive places, shop for cool new gadgets, take showers, open our refrigerators to get lunch, wash our clothes, heat and cool our homes, cook dinner in the oven, and put out the trash.

Up to 40 percent of the heat that escapes from our homes in winter comes from uncovered windows. Insulation can reduce energy for heating and cooling by as much as 45 percent.

The average Australian household spends over $1000 per year on items that never get used; 89 percent ends up in landfill.

Each person who puts in a water saving showerhead and cuts their shower time from 8 to 4 minutes saves about 84 litres of water a day – that’s 30,000 litres a year. Now imagine if we multiplied that by 5 million!

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  • Campaigns & Programs

  • Future Powered Families

    When you have a baby your energy bill can go through the roof, which is why our Future Powered Families project is helping parents on low incomes save energy

    Multicultural Climate Action

    Over the last decade we’ve been helping Victorians become more sustainable in their own language with our Multicultural Climate Action program!

    Home Planet Program

    Emerging out of our successful Multicultural Leaders in Sustainability program, Home Planet partners with AMES to work with newly arrived migrant and refugee youth across Melbourne.

    North Melbourne Recycle Now

    Most public housing estates across Victoria don’t have recycling services. But several innovative local councils are working with the DHS to trial various recycling methods, with our help.

    Flemington Green

    Flemington Green will bring sustainable living education to more of the local East African community as well as the Chinese and the Vietnamese communities...

    One Planet Carlton

    This project is helping residents in the new sustainable public and private housing developments in Carlton make the most of their beautiful new buildings...


    Language isn't a barrier when you want to do something good for the environment...

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