Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Small-Change Climate Change

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Small-Change Climate Change

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Fraser Coast home owners have been urged to take grass roots action in their homes through a Climate Change on a Shoe String program to complement environmental programs aimed improving home sustainability.

Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects and Australia's largest supplier of pre-purchase housing inspections and renovations, said Climate Change on a Shoe String is a simple combination of management and basic upgrading of fittings, many being low cost.

Archicentre spokesperson Angus Kell said the management and maintenance of small fittings around the home, such as dripping taps, the installation of water-efficient shower heads and turning off lights and electrical equipment such as plasma TVs or computers when not in use, are all part of the simple plan.

Mr Kell said most established homes were neither designed nor built with much regard for energy efficiency or water conservation.

"Ironically, many of our earliest homes came complete with verandas and water tanks but recently these features have been abandoned as homes have become bigger, more energy-hungry and more water-thirsty than ever before over the past two decades.

"This Climate Change on a Shoe String concept will be driven home by the rapidly increasing prices in energy and water which are set to increase by 70 per cent to 100 per cent in the next three to five years as governments move to pay for expensive new infrastructure to secure water and energy supplies."

Mr Kell said the challenge was to improve the performance of existing homes and reduce the demand for energy and water while maintaining quality of life.

"It is also important that homeowners renovating ensure that any home improvements or renovations are sustainably designed by someone qualified and experienced to maximise the potential. …

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