Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Free Sustainability Assessments

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Free Sustainability Assessments

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RESIDENTS of the Gympie and Fraser Coast Regions can now access free "home sustainability assessments," to find out how to save energy and water around the house and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The free assessments are funded by the Australian Government's Green Loans Program, which also funds interest-free Green Loans of up to $10,000 to make recommended improvements.

Each year the average Australian household contributes 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.

That is enough to fill more than 700 balloons a day.

Every household also draws an average of 73,000 buckets of water a year.

That's enough for around 12 baths a day.

An accredited local provider of the free assessment service, Malcolm O'Neill, said he had achieved accreditation under the Federal Government's Green Loans scheme and had completed the course to become an approved Green Loans assessor.

"The residents of Gympie and Fraser Coast, like many other Australians, are increasingly looking for ways to stop wasting resources, save money on household bills, make their homes more comfortable and help protect our environment.

"The Australian Government's Green Loans Program is helping householders make the right choices for their home and budget by funding the home sustainability assessments and interest-free Green Loans."

Mr O'Neill said there were three easy steps involved in the Green Loans Program.

Step 1: Book your free home sustainability assessment.

Step 2: Receive your tailored home sustainability report.

Step 3: Choose which of the recommended actions you will take to improve your home.

Your home sustainability assessment could identify actions as simple as switching to energy efficient lights and replacing shower heads.

It may also recommend how you can do more, such as installing water or energy saving products like rainwater tanks or solar panels.

To take the next step and make the larger scale change, householders can apply to an approved financial institution for an interest-free Green Loan of up to $10,000 for up to four years. …

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