A growing concern within our community is the increasing consumption of resources such as water and electricity, as well as the inevitably production of excessive waste being sent to the Singleton Waste Management Facility each year.
As a community, we can reduce our consumption by:
Watering down our usage
Install AAA-rated water-saving showerheads
Install a rainwater tank and keep it regularly maintained
Install a dual flush toilet or smart devices that allow your flush to only last as long as you hold the button
Fix leaking taps immediately
Use a broom and bucket to clean outdoor areas rather than a hose
Use your time in the shower more efficiently
Wash your car on the lawn and water the grass at the same time
Mulching the garden is a great way to reduce evaporation and water run-off. Good quality mulch will also provide nutrients and reduce weed growth
Hose the garden before 10am or after 4pm. This avoids the hottest part of the day when water wastage occurs due to evaporation. Watering-cans can be used at anytime, as can filling a bucket, washing a vehicle, building or pet, or topping up/ filling a swimming pool, provided a trigger nozzle or pressure cleaner is used. Install a rainwater tank for garden use.
BEING A SMART ENERGY CONSUMER
Households consume 29% of global energy and consequently contribute to 21% of resultant CO2 emissions. One-fifth of the world’s final energy consumption in 2013 was from renewables.
While where possible, we need to reduce our production or waste by:
Composting and worm farming are great ways to recycle food scraps, and nourish your garden.
Waste less food. Eat all the fresh and take away food you purchase. Pack a lunch box. Leftovers make a great lunch for work the next day. Plan your meals in advance so you know exactly what and how much you need to buy when you go grocery shopping
If possible, support local and get to know where your food comes from. (Buying local - 20km radius)
Say no to plastic bags and remember your reusable bags! If you already have some plastic bags, recycle them with REDcycle at local participating supermarkets.
Pause every time you go to buy clothes, shoes and ask yourself if you have used up the gear you already have and if you really need more stuff