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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
greensmart 2010 59 • Install photovoltaic panels on your roof and learn how to maintain these to maximise efficiency. • Install solar hot water systems on your roof and learn how to maintain these to maximise efficiency, e.g. setting the thermostat, using the boost function. • Turn off appliances that are not in use at the wall power outlet, e.g. phone and iPod chargers, entertainment systems, computers, printers and kitchen appliances. Household waste • Reuse containers where hygienically possible. • Minimise food waste by ordering only what you need and freeze remaining food and share fresh produce with friends and family. • Plant your own fruit and vegetable garden. • Use composting bins or worm farms for collection of vegetable matter for use in the garden. • Separate recyclables from general waste for collection. Operating and maintaining systems • Purchase an energy monitoring meter that can help inform householders of energy usage. • Use fit-for-purpose water from rainwater, untreated and treated wastewater. • Maintain untreated wastewater systems as per the manufacturer's instructions. • Maintain rainwater collection systems to ensure the highest quality water for the intended use is obtained, e.g. leaf gutters, vector-proofing the tank. • Turn off or reduce gas hot water appliances when away for extended periods. gs Useful websites HIA www.hia.com.au. HIA GreenSmart www.greensmart.com.au. Gas appliances www.energyrating.gov.au/gas.html#gas2. Water ratings www.waterrating.gov.au/products/index.html. Your Home Manual www.yourhome.gov.au. Electric appliances www.energyrating.gov.au/appsearch/default.asp. GET TO KNOW YOUR HOUSE BY CREATING A LIST OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES THAT HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED OR INSTALLED IN THE HOUSE Photo courtesy Ecohomes.com.au Photo courtesy shmeco.com