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Hume's Sustainability Report 2017/2018 You can now read Hume's Sustainability Report 2017/2018! The report was endorsed by Council in May this year with input from Hume's Sustainability Taskforce. It details many of the great initiatives being undertaken by the Hume community, Council and partners to protect and enhance our environment – it's a great read for any community members interested in these topics! There are eight indicators and 23 case studies, including: ■ turning plastic waste into asphalt ■ how many Hume residents in your suburb are installing solar ■ how much Council spends on cleaning up dumped rubbish ■ the education of industrial premises for cleaner creeks ■ how much drinking water an average Hume resident uses a day ■ Enviro Champions Projects ■ wildlife monitoring on private properties ■ a cultural and ecological burn led by the Wurundjeri Narrap Land Management Team at Wurundjeri Cultural Conservation Reserve in Sunbury ■ and much, much more! Download your copy or browse the report online at sustainabilityreport Winter heating that won't cost the Earth Heating and cooling are usually the biggest energy users in our homes. Here are some tips for keeping warm while keeping your energy costs down: Sealing gaps in the frames of windows and door is a cost- effective way to reduce heat loss. There are a variety of gap-sealing products on the market, including silicone sealant, self-adhesive draught stoppers for underneath doors, and adhesive foam for window frames. All of these products can be purchased at reasonable prices from hardware stores. Use a thermometer to tell you the temperature. For energy efficiency in winter, the ideal indoor temperature for houses is between 18 and 22°C. If your house is warmer than 18°C, consider not switching on the heater, but use additional clothing if you are cold. Roof insulation. If you have a bit more budget and an uninsulated ceiling, consider getting insulation, which can help prevent up to 25 per cent of heat loss. 25% VIA THE ROOF 35% VIA UNINSULATED WALLS VIA WINDOWS VIA DOORS 10% 15% 15% VIA THE FLOOR HOME HEAT LOSS How efficient is your heating? Once you have done all you can to seal the gaps, consider the type of heating you use. Many people are switching to split systems for heating because the cost of gas has increased. This can be a good result for reducing emissions too, if you have solar panels and/or switch to GreenPower. GreenPower is a voluntary government-accredited program. If you choose to buy all or some of your electricity as GreenPower, this ensures your electricity provider purchases that quantity of renewable energy. Find out more at For more information on choosing the most efficient heating for your home, visit your-home/save-energy SUSTAINABILITY REPORT HUME CITY COUNCIL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017-2018 2 LIVE GREEN Hume City Council

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