Cooler Lighting, Greener Houses

Melbourne residents are being encouraged to hang up their power hungry traditional light bulbs, for energy-efficient LED lighting.

cherryLED and Sustainable Melbourne Fund have partnered for the ‘Lighting that Pays for Itself’ program.

The initiative will see 400 homes change to LED lighting for a small upfront cost and repay the remainder with a 36-month plan.

cherryLED general manager Ben Wright said the average home would save money back straight away.

“With their involvement in supporting similar community projects, such as solar neighbourhoods, we are proud to have secured Sustainable Melbourne Fund as our supporting partner for the ‘Lighting that Pays for Itself’ program,” Mr Wright said.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund CEO Scott Bocskay said the project would reduce the city’s carbon emissions and was exactly the product they looked for to finance energy efficiency ideas.

By signing up to the ‘Lighting That Pays For Itself’ program people can save up to 89 per cent on their lighting electricity bill.

Compared with halogen down lights, which radiate heat of 200 degrees Celsius, LED lighting operates at 55 degrees, which keeps homes cooler, reduces the load on air conditioning systems and reduces the risk of ceiling fires.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund has already helped reduce the carbon footprint of office towers across Melbourne city by providing building owners with up-front capital to pay for retrofit projects.


Sustainability Starts Young

The sustainable living message is spreading from a young age in Australia, with schools embracing ecologically friendly principles inside and outside the classroom.

Schools are encouraging students to embrace environmentally-friendly initiatives including vegetable gardens.

The Australian Government has a set of guidelines for environmental education and the states have their individual initiatives.

The NSW Government’s Food Gardens in Schools Program provides opportunities for students, teachers and the wider school community to learn about healthy, sustainable living through growing and harvesting food in school gardens.

The gardens grow edible crops including fruit and vegetables and allows students to design, plant, harvest and care for the crops.

The NSW Eco Schools program encourages schools to develop environmental education programs and funds school environmental management projects.

Queensland schools have embraced the Living Smart schools competition on the Sunshine Coast  with the chance to win $1000 towards a sustainability project by getting the highest percentage of students to register with Sunshine Coast Council’s online sustainable living educational tool, Living Smart Homes.

The council hopes to get at least 10,000 households to sign up for the Living Smart program by 2020.

Sustainablity has been taught in the state’s schools for more than 30 years.

Sustainability Victoria is helping Victorian schools teach their students about living and learning within the environment in an ecologically-friendly way.

ResourceSmart Schools helps the state’s schools minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity, and cut greenhouse gas emissions and builds sustainability into the fabric of everyday school and community life

Students take this knowledge and behaviour into their adult lives and the community at large, putting the environment at the forefront of people’s lives from primary school onwards.