Living Smart, saving residents $$$
  • Tuesday 09 September 2008

On 10 September, 9am at the Sunshine Plaza, Mayor Bob Abbot will launch a regional online program which shows residents how to save hundreds of dollars while benefiting the environment.

Mayor Abbot said that this program supports the council's vision to make the Sunshine Coast Australia’s most sustainable region – green, vibrant and diverse.

“When the region as a whole comes together, we are a formidable force. If every household on the Sunshine Coast joined Living Smart, we would have nearly fulfilled this vision," he said.

Joanna Ferris, a Sustainability Projects Officer for the Sunshine Coast Council, explained that Living Smart is a comprehensive online program comprised of Living Smart HOMES, Living Smart SOLUTIONS and the Living Smart AWARDS.

“The Living Smart program began in 2004 in response to the demand from a growing number of consumers on the Sunshine Coast seeking information on local environmental building produces and services,” she said.

“Living Smart Homes has four learning modules which help tackle climate change at the household level. The online modules calculate your environmental impacts and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in four key areas; energy, water, waste and transport.”

“Our feedback so far shows a family of two parents and two children can save around $550 and 3,000kg of greenhouse gases per year, while a retired couple can save nearly $500 per year and over 3,000kg green house gas emissions.”

“At the launch we’ll be walking people through the program, answering questions and showing people just how easy it can be to save money and reduce their greenhouse gas emission”.

“It really is a win-win situation; you can gain an extra $500 and do your bit for the environment. It’s the simple things we do each day that really make a difference”.

Local information sessions will be rolled out across the coast as soon as October, log onto www.livingsmart.net.au for further information about the Living Smart program.