Bass Coast,
23
October
2015
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Back to the Future Homes Program in Bass Coast

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Bass Coast Shire Council, in collaboration with Bass Coast Landcare Network, is kicking off the 2015/16 Future Homes Program after the success of the inaugural program last year.

The Future Homes program is designed to help you save money and create a sustainable home which will keep you comfortable through extremes in weather and climate.

Community members are invited to participate in the series of six free workshops and tour days run between November 2015 and April 2016 focussing on showcasing sustainable homes, saving money by reducing energy and water use, community gardening, preserving local produce and reducing farm carbon emissions.

The workshops will feature interesting speakers, showcase exceptional homes, gardens, farms and communities using energy and water efficiently, reducing waste and living sustainably.

Examples of sustainable products will be provided to attendees, as well as information on ways to change behaviours and habits in order to achieve a more sustainable home and save money.

The first workshop will be a sustainable homes tour held on Saturday, 21 November from 10.00am until 3.00pm leaving from the Council Chambers in Baillieu Street in Wonthaggi.

The bus tour includes visits to local properties that have a low environmental impact and incorporate features to keep them comfortable through all climate variations.

This is a great chance to get a peek inside some leading edge properties and talk to the owners about their experiences in either building or retrofitting their homes.

In the process of building his own sustainable home in Bass Coast, local resident, Steve Fuery, attended the sustainable homes tour last time the Program ran.

“It was extremely inspiring and gave us a good idea on the different technologies, building techniques and materials people are using,” Mr Fuery said.

“The benefit is you get to speak to the home owner to find out how it’s actually working, such as how warm the house is or how much money they’re saving in heating costs. You get to hear what the real impact is on their lives.

“You also get to speak with other people on the tour that may be at a similar stage in their projects to you, so you can even swap ideas with each other.”

To book your place on the sustainable homes tour and to register your interest in the following monthly workshops, please contact Bass Coast Landcare Network on (03) 5678 2335.