Living sustainably can be easier than you think!

Live Sustainably

There are both big and small changes can be be made to your everyday life that can have a huge impact on your environmental footprint

Reducing plastic at home

Single-use plastic is hurting our environment and wildlife. Here's what you can do to reduce plastic at home:

  • Opt for refillable containers, bulk store products or make your own alternatives

  • Take reusable bags when you go grocery shopping

  • Say no to plastic cutlery

  • Avoid as much plastic packaging as you can when grocery shopping by using produce bags to package loose products

  • Shop at the deli counter, butcher or fishmonger for paper wrapped cuts or BYO container

  • Avoid products with microbeads, visit the Beat the Microbead website for more information

  • Take a reuable coffee cup

  • Host your own clothing swap party

Garden and food waste

Food scraps, coffee grounds and leftovers can now be included in green lid bins throughout Moonee Valley, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

They can be placed directly in the bin, or you can wrap them in one sheet of newspaper or paper towelling. The collected garden and food waste will be taken to the organics recycling facility at Bulla. The facility will transform garden and food waste into valuable compost, mulches and soil products. These products can then be used in agriculture and horticulture.

Find out what else can go in your green bin with our handy A-Z recycling guide.

Need to order a green bin? Apply for a 240L green-lid bin for your garden and food waste. 

If you’re renting and would like a green-lid bin, please contact your landlord or leasing agent to request for the ratepayer to organise a bin for you

Saving water at home

Melbournians collectively consume an average of 980 million litres of water per day.

Making changes around the house can have a big impact on water supplies.

Here is what you can do to save water around the home:

  • install a water efficient shower head
  • collect rainwater
  • look for the Smart Approved WaterMark
  • install a dual flush toilet

For more information about these tips visit Sustainability Victoria or Melbourne Water.

Free shower head exchange

You can exchange your old showerhead for a free water efficient model, valued at $34.

To exchange your showerhead, visit Niddrie Library and:

  • present your old showerhead and water bill
  • complete a survey and permission form
  • receive your new showerhead and information.

Customers can exchange one showerhead. Installation services are not provided. Instructions for installation come with the new showerhead.

Note: City West Water advises that people with gravity fed hot water systems should not change to a water efficient showerhead.

Permanent water use rules

The Victorian Government’s water saving rules are aimed at providing efficient, permanent state-wide rules.

These rules are in place at all times. Whenever water restrictions are also in place, the more severe rule or restriction applies.

Tankulator

Are you looking to buy a new rainwater tank? This great online tool will help you choose:

  • the right size rainwater tank for where you live
  • the best place to put your tank
  • what materials you can select
  • filtration options
  • the best pump for your tank

Visit the tankulator to get started.

Saving energy at home

Some of the top tips for reducing energy consumption:

  • switch off lights and appliances when not in use
  • switch to energy-saving LED light globes
  • line dry your clothing
  • insulate your roof
  • consider solar PV or hot water systems

Visit the Victorian Energy Saver website for more information.

Take a look at your electricity bills ans see how many kWh per day you are using. Compare this with the below figures.

Number of people living in your house daily electricity use range (Low range > High range)

  • 1 person  - 4kWh > 9kWh
  • 2 people  - 7kWh > 17kWh
  • 3 people - 10kWh > 23kWh
  • 4 people - 13kWh > 29kWh
  • 5 people - 15kWh > 33kWh
  • 6 people - 17kWh > 36kWh

Are you a high user of electricity? Check out our Household Electricity Consumption Fact Sheet to find out simple ways to save electricity at home.

Your home's energy rating

The Victorian Government’s 6 Star rating will help save our energy and water resources.

The design of your new home, renovation, extension or relocation will need to take account of the new energy efficiency standards.

6 Star is about good design. Some simple adjustments at the design stage can go a long way; consider the following:

  • Building orientation and internal zoning
  • Thermal mass and shading
  • Insulation levels
  • The sizing, location and thermal performance of windows
  • Weather stripping, sealing the building envelope
  • Solar hot water system
  • Rainwater tank for toilet flushing
  • Energy efficient lighting

For most houses, meeting the 6 Star Standard is not difficult. It is a flexible, performance based standard and allows homeowners, builders and designers enormous choice in meeting the requirements. Good design, especially at the planning stages of the project, is important. Your building designer or architect will be able to advise you on how best to achieve the rating. The design and assessment of the rating must be undertaken by an accredited Energy Rater.

Thinking about solar?

Now is the perfect time to save money with solar. The Clean Energy Council offer advice for consumers including an accredited solar supplier list.

The Victorian Government is currently supporting residents reduce their energy bills through the Solar Homes package.

Energy Efficient Communities Program

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $40 million in grants to help community groups and businesses lower their energy bills and reduce emissions.

What's the aim of the program?

To help businesses and community organisations save energy and lower bills through:

  • equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption
  • investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use
  • completion of energy systems assessments according to the Australian Standard or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities
  • for community organisations only, energy generation and storage projects (for example, solar PV panels, batteries and solar hot water)

For more information, click here, download the fact sheet or visit the website.

Home environment kit

Find out how your home is performing with our Home Environment Kit.

The Home Environment Kit contains the following equipment to help you find ways of saving energy and water around your home.:

  1. Energy smart thermometer - measures hot water temperature, room temperature, and fridge and freezer temperatures. You may have things hotter or colder than they need to be.
  2. Infra-red thermometer - measures surface temperatures such as walls and windows. You may be losing or gaining heat which can be fixed with insulation or shade.
  3. Energy monitor - measures energy consumption of your appliances to see which ones need to be used sparingly, and where standby power is being drawn needlessly.
  4. Light meter - to help apply the ideal light conditions in your home and using energy wisely.
  5. Water flow measure cup - to assess how much water your shower and taps use and to see whether you should reduce the flow rates.

To see how to use this kit, view this instruction video guide.

To book the kit, call your local library or place a request via the library catalogue.

Wanting to get around sustainably?

We encourage local residents and businesses to consider car sharing as a sustainable transport option.

Flexicar provides four share cars in Moonee Valley

Sign up for the program on the Flexicar website or call 1300 36 37 80.

Car Next Door operates a neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing network.

Sign up to the program as either an owner willing to share your car or as a borrower on the Car Next Door website or call (03) 9946 4106.

GoGet provides eight share cars in Moonee Valley

Signing up to the program on the GoGet website.

GreenShareCar provides one share car in Moonee Valley

Sign up for the program on the the GreenShareCar website or call 1300 575 878.

Become a Sustainability Champion

Are you keen on sustainability and making a difference in your neighbourhood?

If you live, work or study in Moonee Valley, our Sustainability Champions program can give you the skills you need to help shape a clean, green and beautiful city.

It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other people interested in the environment.

So if you’re interested in climate change, community gardening, clean energy, green travel, sharing economy, waterway health, reducing plastics, ecology, upcycling and more, why not take this chance to further your skills and make new friends?

Our 2018 and 2019 champions were responsible for some amazing projects including:

What do champions get?

You’ll get 10 weeks of training, expert presentations, community activities and project support.

During this time you’ll learn about sustainability issues, leadership, communications, project delivery and advocacy.

Plus, you’ll meet a great network of other community and environmentally-minded people.

After the training, you’ll be encouraged to develop local project ideas of your own or as a team with the support of the program facilitator.

There will also be a graduation ceremony to celebrate your achievements.

Draft program

May - July

Ten weekly after-hours sessions (Thursdays, 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm) to cover the below topics:

• Team building
• Creating change
• Communications
• Stakeholder engagement
• Project planning and resourcing
• Advocacy
• Volunteer management
• Field trips

August - October

• Independent or group work to develop your own projects ideas
• Support from program facilitator and Council officer
• Celebration Ceremony

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2020 program are now open.

Register your expression of interest HERE by 5pm Friday 28 February 2020.

If you have any enquiries please email us at environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Our program of free workshops and events will help you live green all year long.

Check them out here on our events page.