Living Green

Living Green is easier to do than you might think. We’re working towards making Council buildings and operations more sustainable and are supporting the community to be sustainable at home, work and school.

The aim is to reduce the use of gas, electricity and water as well as reduce the production of waste and greenhouse gases, reuse and recycle where possible and improve bio-diversity.

Green at home

You can make some simple changes at home such as:

  • Switching off lights and electrical appliances when they’re not being used.
  • Change your activities and technologies to be more efficient in order to reduce emissions such as switching to more efficient light bulbs
  • use fuel sources that are less greenhouse gas intensive such as solar panels

To find out what you can do at home go to Your Energy Savings which has a section on Rebates.

Love Food Hate Waste can help reduce your food waste which in turn saves you money and the environment.

Sustainability Victoria have information about composting, bokashi bins and worm farms.

You can create a sustainable garden using local (indigenous) plants.

Green at work and green purchasing

Become a member of Eco-Buy to learn how your business can make green purchasing business as usual.

You can also search for Green products using ECO-Find.

There is also State Government assistance to help you make your business sustainable.

Join a Local Group

Melton Sustainable Living Group is a lively and friendly local community group. Join them for some green and fun activities.

Free energy information and advice – Positive Charge

Positive Charge is an initiative of the Moreland Energy Foundation, supported by 13 councils across Victoria. The foundation is an independent organisation that has been delivering award-winning community sustainability solutions for more than 14 years.

As part of our partnership with Postive Charge, residents can receive a free consultation for energy advice, reduce your carbon footprint, and save on energy bills.  

Contact Positive Charge on 9385 8555 or visit https://www.positivecharge.com.au Home energy assessment

You can book a free Home Energy Assessment (valued at $300) with Positive Charge. The consultation will take around an hour and includes:

  • Energy bill analysis
  • A ‘kitchen table’ conversation to talk you through what’s been found
  • An action plan outlining the best ways to save
  • Solar PV analysis

What’s covered?

Our energy expert will consider the following as they assess your home, and outline the best solutions for you:

  • building shell
  • passive heating and cooling
  • hot water systems
  • renewable energy
  • heating and cooling
  • lighting
  • windows and glazing
  • insulation
  • your appliances
  • draught proofing
  • energy efficient behaviours

Book your assessment today online or contact the Sustainability Officer on 9747 7200 for further information.

Solar Bulk-buy offer for residents

Positive Charge will provide independent advice and support to residents. This is a great opportunity to investigate your options for converting to renewable solar energy, understanding the different options available and working out if solar is right for you.

Positive Charge will provide:

  • impartial, detailed advice on whether or not solar is the best option for you. They will answer all your questions and give you the latest information about solar technologies
  • an obligation free solar quote  from a tried and tested solar provider offering quality systems and a great deal on solar panels

Register your interest to receive a no-obligation quote. Sign up online at www.positivecharge.com.au/sign-up or call 9385 8555.

Power-mate

Do you want to find out how much electricity your fridge or other appliances are using, and how much it is costing you? The Power-mate electricity meter can tell you this.

A Power-mate electricity meter is available to residents from Melton Library or Caroline Springs Library and can be loaned for one week. The meter measures the amount of electricity household appliances use. The Power-mate meters must be used with the instructions(PDF, 753KB) which are with the Power-mate when you borrow it.