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Sustainable homes

Looking to reduce your bills and make your home more sustainable? You’re in luck. Sunday 13 September is Sustainable House Day, a day when the doors of the greenest homes in your neighbourhood are flung open and you can take a peek inside. It’s the perfect time to see first hand how passive solar design really works, how water-efficient gardens can be beautiful and energy efficient lighting, practical as well as attractive.
There are simple and low-cost changes you can make to your own home that will help reduce your bills and make your home more sustainable. Try these top five:
  1. Keep heat inside in winter and outside in summer by closing curtains and blinds. Use draught tape to seal up cracks and gaps.
  2. Reduce energy costs by rugging up before turning on the heater in winter and using a fan before turning on air conditioning in summer.
  3. Set your air-conditioner at 18 degrees or cooler in winter and 24 degrees or warmer in summer. Every degree difference can use up to ten percent more energy.
  4. Fix leaks around the house. A leaking toilet can waste 25 litres a day or a whopping 9125 litres of water per year. 
  5. If you live on the Swan Coastal Plain you probably have sandy soil which will lose moisture quickly. Improve your soil by applying five to ten centimetres of mulch.

Congratulations to our prize winners

Switch your thinking presented Cleaning with Chemistry activities at the Perth Science Festival, the Community Science Expo in Wilson and Maddington Central shopping centre to celebrate National Science Week.

We are happy to announce that Kerry from Canning Vale, Jackie from Gosnells and Robert from Double View were the winners of sustainability prize packs from Environment House valued at $150. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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World Water Week rainwater tank special

Graf Plastics still have a limited number of 2000 litre rainwater tanks available to residents living in Switch your thinking Council areas for the special price of $561 including delivery. 

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Productive spring gardening 

Thursday 3 September
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Town of Cambridge Library, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat  

Get a head start on spring with expert advice from Terra Perma.

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Bushcare major day out

Saturday 12 September
9:00 am – Noon
Araluen Heritage Trail, Roleystone. Parking and entry at Heritage Drive End

Cottonbush Blitz. In partnership with City of Armadale. Pancake Morning Tea provided.

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Nature rambles in Ellis Brook Valley

Sunday 13 September
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Meet at Darling Range Wildlife Shelter

Enjoy a guided walk through Ellis Brook Valley with naturalist Marc Lane and experience a spectacular bush reserve. Each walk allows you to discover new wildflowers and local birds, insects and animals.

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Square meter veggie gardening

Thursday 17 September
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 
Town of Cambridge Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

Find out how to grow your own food one square metre at a time.

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Hop into frogs

Saturday 27 September
9:00 am – 11:00 am 
Mary Carroll Park, Gosnells

Hear the frogs call, discover the different species and check out their local habitat. Help in the search for tadpoles and macro invertebrates. Finish with a warm cuppa and morning tea.

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Cleaning chemistry

Wednesday 30 September
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
City of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus Street, Leederville 

Presented by Switch your thinking, this hands-on workshop will demonstrate that cleaning can be effective as well as environmentally and budget friendly.

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Young re-inventor of the year

Young people will solve problems and put their creativity to the test in this exciting initiative that encourages you to reuse, repurpose and upcycle used items instead of throwing them away. Enter for your chance to share in $3000 in sustainability prizes!

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Cleaning chemistry

Friday 11 September
11:00 am – Noon
Mundijong Library, 10 Paterson St, Mundijong 

Cut through the advertising spin of the home hygiene industry with the help of elbow grease and bi-carb soda. Presented by Switch your thinking, this hands-on workshop will demonstrate that cleaning can be effective as well as environmentally and budget friendly. 

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Bushcare major day out

Sunday 13 September
9:00 am – Noon
John Okey Davis Park, Corner Homestead Road and Prince Street, Gosnells. 

Come along and join in the fun. This is a family friendly event and a great way to get out and meet other members of your community, while enjoying our natural environment and making a difference. Hosted by the City of Gosnells in partnership with Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group.

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Get energy smart at home

Thursday 17 September
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  
Amherst Village Library, 2 Holmes Street, Southern River 

Switch your thinking will provide you with tips to help you cut your energy use and save you money.

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Flora walk

Saturday 19 September
9:00 am – 11:00 am 
Brixton Street Wetlands

Enjoy a guided walk with botanists. Be amazed by the number of species in this important remnant of bushland. After the walk, join the friends of Brixton Street Wetlands for morning tea and displays.

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Movie night

Tuesday 29 September
6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start
Gosnells Hotel, Albany Highway Gosnells

Presented by Transition Town Gosnells, these regular free movie nights bring the community together for conversations and inspiration.

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