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Jul 022012

Is your home a good example of a sustainable house? If so, would you consider opening it to the public to help others in the region with sustainability ideas? Sustainable House Day, started in 2001 as an initiative of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES), will be on Sunday 9th September.

More than 200 houses were open last year and, locally, one was in Coorparoo. It featured an edible organic garden, water-wise plants, water tanks, PV grid connect and power monitoring.

The Sustainable House Day website says:

Sustainable House Day gives people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind and talk to owners, receiving unbiased advice.

As event organisers we’re seeing greater investment in harvesting water and solar energy as communities realise our resources are finite and likely to become more expensive. By becoming energy efficient today, you’ll be on the front foot to save on energy bills and help the environment now and into the future.

Sustainable House Day, provides a chance for people to exchange ideas and learn from each other and visits to the houses are free of charge – so it will cost nothing to see how easy and economical the move to greener living can be.

There were no houses listed to be open in Carindale, Carina, Mount Gravatt etc last year. We’ll be giving any local Sustainable House Day events a big plug via Carindale Connect. You can register your interest here (for opening your house on the 9th September or running a related event over the 8th or 9th September).

Green Dean and the Southside Sustainability Centre come to my mind when thinking of sustainability-wise locals.

Whether or not you’re participating in the day, we’d love to hear about your sustainability projects in your home or garden. Leave a comment below or email us at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

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