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Green your 2016

As people around you rapidly abandon their new year’s resolutions, take time to consider how you can help your pocket and the planet with a few green changes in 2016:
  1. Save energy
Summer in Perth is hot. Really hot. The rise in temperature is often accompanied by a rising electricity bill as air-conditioners across the city are put through their paces. Check out our five tips for staying cool in summer that will help keep you comfortable without the bill shock.
  1. Go solar
To cut your energy bill even further, consider installing solar in 2016. Australia leads the world in rooftop solar installation. Switch your thinking has partnered with Clean NRG to offer homeowners in Switch your thinking Council areas a 15 percent discount on solar installation. Visit the website for more information
  1. Green clean
The way you clean your home can have a big impact on your personal contribution to chemical pollution and plastic waste. Start with the Switch your thinking Guide to Cleaning with Chemistry to get you on the green cleaning path.
  1. Carry your cup
More than 500 billion single-use coffee cups are produced every year! Help cut waste by refusing disposable coffee cups and taking your own mug to your favourite café. In 2015, Switch your thinking partnered with Keep Australia Beautiful to distribute travel mugs and organise community clean-up days, visit the website to find out more.
  1. Eat green
Australians throw away four million tonnes of food every year. When you discard food, you are also discarding all of the water, fertiliser, fuel and energy that were used to get that food to your plate. By switching a few habits you can make a big difference to your emissions and your household budget. Check out our top ten tips for eating green.

Receive a free energysmart tip every month

Switch  your thinking is now delivering monthly energy efficiency tips via SMS text message to registered participants. The SMS is delivered free of charge and will help you take control of your energy use and electricity bill. Contact us with your first name, post code and mobile phone number to register.

Wicked worm fun

Tuesday 12 January
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Seville Grove Library, 78 Champion Drive, Seville Grove

Worms are interesting and good for the environment. See them up close as they recycle food waste into nutritious compost for the garden.
Bring a clean, clear one or two litre plastic bottle with the top third cut off. You will take home the beginning of your own worm farm.
Suitable for five to 12 year olds.
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Catchments, corridors and coasts

Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 January
Cost: $341 or $198 concession

This popular program takes participants on a journey exploring environmental issues of importance to us all and provides a snapshot of environmental education in WA.

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Mary Carroll Park community clean-up

Sunday 31 January
Mary Carroll Park, Gosnells

Roll up your sleeves and join your community to clean up this important ecological area.

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Green cleaning

Tuesday 19 January
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Gosnells Knowledge Centre, 2232D Albany Highway, Gosnells 
Cut through the advertising spin of the home hygiene industry with the help of elbow grease and bi-carb soda. Cleaning Chemistry will arm you with a basic understanding of household science and a spray bottle full of natural alternatives to toxic and expensive cleaners.

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WA Wetland management conference

Tuesday 2 February
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake
Cost: $60 ($20 concession)

The conference brings together community volunteers, landowners, educators, local and state government officers involved in wetland management.

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Decluttering: All you need is less

Wednesday 3 February
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Armadale Library, Orchard Avenue, Armadale

A reminder to re-use, re-purpose, upcycle, recycle or throw out stuff you don't need.

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