Utilising solar technology will be among the topics addressed in the sustainability workshops.
Utilising solar technology will be among the topics addressed in the sustainability workshops.

Workshops to help save your money

OUR Living Coast, which is an alliance of the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Bellingen councils, has launched its 2011 sustainability community workshop program with a range of new topics as well as the chance to attend the most popular workshops.

All workshops are free and are delivered by local experts in their field. Printed learning material and products that support a sustainable lifestyle are also available free of charge at the sessions.

The first workshop will concentrate on energy and will look at ways to reduce your household electricity bill, as well as generating electricity from the sun.

Research shows that householders can reduce their bills by up to 20% by making a few, simple changes to the way they live.

Hints on how to save money and minimise energy use will be given at a workshop at the Coffs Harbour Community Village on Sunday, March 22, at 1.30pm; on Tuesday, March 24, at the Nambucca Entertainment Centre at 1.30pm and at the Dorrigo CWA Hall on Tuesday, March 31, at 9.30am.

The Our Living Coast team is also looking for people who want to make their home a Living Smart House.

This involves completing a series of four workshops. Once completed, each Living Smart household receives a front yard sign to let neighbours know the household is reducing its resource use and ecological footprint.

In addition, groups of 10 or more people are being sought who are interested in inviting the Our Living Coast team to come to them to create a tailor-made program that helps them all live more sustainably.

These groups will then be encouraged to develop a group sustainability project, which can be funded up to a maximum of $4000.

Please see www.ourlivingcoast.com.au for full details or phone Pia Dollmann on 6648 4644.



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