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Living green in Australia

09-21-2011 09:09 BJT

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Living costs and environmental concerns are motivating many Australians to clean up their act. In Canberra, green-living families are opening their doors to the public and sharing ideas and innovations on sustainable living. So, let's head down under and get a few tips.

Across the country, hundreds of residences are on show to mark Sustainable House Day, an initiative that began ten years ago. The program is designed to encourage people to use renewable energy, recycle and live an all-round greener lifestyle.

Brand new display homes showcased the latest innovations. Canberra residents Geoff Hyde and his wife Fern say there's more to sustainable living than just installing solar panels.

Geoff Hyde, homeowner, said, "We've revamped the entire back of the house so that we've got better solar orientation, we've added the 10 thousand liter water tank, 2.5 kilowatt PV array, and in our garden, we've got 50 square meters of veggie patch."

What's more, the garden is shared with two other families.

Geoff Hyde said, "It's the little things you can do to change the way you live, which really impacts on how much energy you use, and how sustainable you can be."

The latest energy efficient technologies are also on show in one of Canberra's newest suburbs. Visitors are treated to demonstrations on heating, lighting and climate control.

And for those more interested in interior design, there are plenty of workshops on reducing, reusing and recycling everyday objects.

Display home guide said, "The thing about these windows was to, particularly in the Canberra climate, was to maximize solar heat gain in the winter so you get your free solar passive heating."

Now in its tenth year, the event highlights how people on the road to sustainability are benefiting. Now, folks like Geoff Hyde are testifying how green living is paying off for them. Even in a world where the cost of living rises every day, luckily so does the sun.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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