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Sustainability at home

Sustainable gardening

It’s easy to garden sustainably for the health and well-being of our family and the environment.

To create a sustainable garden you should:

  • plant indigenous plants that are best suited to your local soil and climate. Find out what plants are indigenous in the Casey area
  • avoid plants that are known invasive species in our bushland and wetlands. Find out how to better manage weeds
  • use water wisely.
  • avoid using synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.
  • buy garden products made from recycled or renewable resources.
  • grow your own fresh, delicious produce and reduce food miles!

Download the Your Sustainable Garden booklet

The Your Sustainable Garden booklet has lots of information on how you can develop a fantastic and sustainable garden. It includes information about:

  • designing and building your sustainable garden
  • maintaining your garden's health
  • choosing the best indigenous plants
  • planting to attract wildlife
  • gardening with the kids

Sustainable water use

Fresh water is a scarce resource. By saving water at home you can reduce your water bills and improve the health of our creeks and rivers.

There are currently permanent water saving rules that help us to use water efficiently. Melbourne Water also has other tips on how you can use and save water at home.

Sustainable energy use

Renewable energy is produced using natural resources that are constantly replaced and never run out. Some common examples include solar, water and wind power.

Using renewable energy sources are great for the environment. They can also help to reduce your energy bill. Find out more about renewable energy on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency website.

Solar panels

The most common renewable energy system in Australian homes is solar panels (also known as photovoltaic panels or PVs). Sustainability Victoria has information about solar panels and tips on choosing the right solar system for you.

You may also be eligible for a rebate for installing a renewable energy system.

Sustainable transport

Changing how you travel can help to reduce the impact your journeys have on the environment. Smarter driving can also save you money by reducing the amount of fuel you use. It also cuts down on unnecessary wear and tear on your car and the amount of pollution your car generates.

Sustainability Victoria has tips on how to make sustainable choices about your transport and travel.

Reduce your waste

A lot of our waste unnecessarily goes to landfill. Landfill sites take up a lot of space, which could otherwise be used for natural bushland, farmland and other open spaces.

Find out how you can reduce your waste at home.

Measure how sustainable your home is

You can borrow our sustainable home audit kit to measure how sustainable your home is and where you can improve it.