How to be more sustainable

Our everyday actions and decisions help to reduce emissions.

Here are some day to day things you can incorporate to help live more sustainably.

Transport

  • Use public transport if it’s available
  • Walk and cycle instead of driving
  • Consider using car share programs
  • Consider purchasing an electric vehicle
  • Offset air, other travel, freight and other unavoidable emissions.   

Food and home

  • Eat less meat to reduce the need for land clearing, intense water use, and greenhouse gas emission associated with grazing animal production
  • Grow some food, join a community garden, buy organic, and shop locally to reduce transport miles
  • Reduce food waste, recycle, use your organics waste bin or compost food waste at home to reduce methane gas emission
  • Plant a tree, bring plants into your home and workplace.

Tips for sustainable living can be found on Sustainability Victoria's website and on a variety of sites, such as the Sustainable Living Guide.

Your Home is a Commonwealth Government initiative that provides a range of information and tools to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable.

Energy

  • Have solar installed on your home, plan an all-electric home and make the switch from gas to efficient electric appliances if replacing items
  • Advocate for solar on your workplace, school or sports club
  • Buy renewable energy, such as Greenpower
  • Insulate and draught proof your home, plant vegetation to assist with shading and cooling.

Rebates for the installation of solar and/or batteries for owner occupiers and landlords, solar water heating, heating and cooling upgrades, and on electric vehicle purchasing are available through the Solar Homes Program

Get advice on how to be energy efficient and reduce your carbon emissions in the home, with a free 20-minute energy consultation with expert advisers from the Australian Energy Foundation.

Purchasing

  • buy fewer disposable products
  • use what you already have more and buy less in general
  • buy used goods and support the second hand economy
  • give experience gifts rather than things
  • shop locally, choose low waste and less packaged items
  • use a web search page such as Ecosia – the search engine that plants trees   
  • choose banks and super funds that don’t invest in environmentally damaging activities, particularly thermal coal.  

Model your passion

  • create new social norms by what you do to be more sustainable
  • talk about climate change and what decisions you are making to reduce your emissions with friends, your children, and on social media
  • join a local group such as ‘Transition Kingston’ ‘zeroKingston2030’ or ‘Climate for Change
  • write to your MP asking for action
  • prioritise climate action when you vote
  • bring friends and neighbours to an information workshop in your local area related to sustainable living topics, such as Kingston’s Our Place workshops

Learn

  • Kingston’s Our Place enews and workshops throughout the year provide free information and community connection opportunities around sustainable living. Subscribe to receive the enews, come to a workshop or webinar, or view a recording of past webinars
  • Kingston’s Living the Better Life for you and the environment - Webinar recording video
  • Kingston’s A-Z of waste disposal and Rubbish & Recycling guides will help you recycle correctly, including using your green organics bin for food waste recycling.
  • Kingston’s Gardens for Wildlife Program offers free onsite habitat planting advice in your garden and a follow up report and information booklet. Free plant vouchers for residents each year during Autumn provide you with five native plants.
  • Use this carbon footprint calculator to work out your carbon footprint and understand how choices you make can significantly reduce your impact.
  • Market Forces provides a guide so you can compare your bank and super fund and find out which institutions do and don’t support the fossil fuel industry.