Gecko manager Ben Perkins offers advice on sustainability.
Gecko manager Ben Perkins offers advice on sustainability. Felicia Kosegi

Assessment saves the hip pocket

IN the face of rising electricity prices, a local organisation has urged households to become green – and ultimately save themselves money and energy.

Gold Coast and Hinterland Environmental Council, Gecko, began offering free home sustainability assessments to Gold Coast residents two months ago.

Home sustainability assessor and Gecko general manager Ben Perkins said electricity rises and concern for the environment’s health led to a marked increase in the free home service’s popularity.

“I have visited about 40 homes since we started doing the assessments and there is a definite need for them,” he said.

The assessments look at people’s day-to-day activity and recommend tailored energy and water-saving options.

“Things like draft reduction in winter or switching to energy-efficient lights,” Mr Perkins said.

Charles Hamilton from Mermaid Beach said every household should get an assessment.

“We got the assessment done because we really wanted to reduce our emissions as a family,” he said.

The Hamiltons now have shade cloths on the eastern side of the house and blinds on the west, which they said almost eliminated their need for air-conditioning.

“Even if you don’t believe in climate change and all that, you should still get an assessment done because the bottom line is it’s going to save you money,” Mr Hamilton said.

The free assessments are funded by the Australian Government’s Green Loans program.



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