Riddells Creek Sustainability Newsletter

30 June 2009

Renters’ Sustainability Guide

Filed under: — Lyn H. @ 10:51 pm

Are renters legally able to change their showerheads? How can you make your toilet waste less water when you don’t have dual flush? What do you do when your rented house has no curtains, you have a tight budget and your sewing skills are mediocre?


Sometimes it’s not easy to find answers to these questions, so Environment Victoria has put together the Victorian Green Renters’ Guide, to answer these and more. With sections on everything from heating to fridges to food to getting around, it’s designed to help renters make a big dint in their environmental impact. Most of the suggestions can be done on a shoe string budget, and information is also included on government rebates, for renters and landlords willing to spend a bit of extra money for things like insulation and solar hot water. The renters’ guide also includes a checklist for people looking for a new place to rent, to make it easy to find which property will have the least environmental impact, and the lowest bills. The guide, which was put together with the help of the Tenants Union of Victoria, also includes an explanation of renting law in Victoria.


The Victorian Green Renters’ Guide can be downloaded from www.envict.org.au/rentersguide/. It’s free. Please pass the guide’s web address onto others, to help the renters’ guide get to renters across state with single flush toilets, no curtains, or just a desire to reduce their impact on the planet.


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