Many of the tips provided above apply to both building and retrofitting a home for sustainability.
If you have purchased an established home, while the basic orientation of your home can’t be changed, there are passive solar and thermal additions you can make to make your home more comfortable and efficient, such as:
You can also install energy and water efficient appliances and tanks. You can consider compost and worm farms to reduce your waste and you can landscape for water conservation and cooling / shade.
Of course – renewable energy and solar hot water installation is an option for most homes, and will instantly reduce your energy costs and environmental impact.
If you are thinking about retrofitting your home, please consider preserving the heritage aspects of your house. The City has produced information brochures on the heritage components of five historic housing styles commonly found in Cockburn.
For more information on heritage homes, please refer to the City’s Residential Heritage webpage.
Whether you’ve already moved into your rental property or are still looking, we’ve prepared the Sustainable Renters Guide for you to understand the possibilities of adopting a sustainable lifestyle while renting.
View the Sustainable Renters Guide
There are many grants, subsidies and programs available to Cockburn residents to help kick-start their sustainability journey. Opportunities include:
To kickstart your sustainable jounrney, download the 15 Ways to Sustainability at Home
booklet or the poster
. Feel free to collect a hard copy at any of the Cockburn Libraries.