10 Sep '12, 4am

More eco-friendly housing incentives urged

Despite millions of Australians embracing renewable energy, recycling and other ways of lessening their impact on the environment, sustainable living proponents say the uptake has been too slow. They say soaring electricity prices have failed to prove enough of a catalyst for change, with the capital costs of making houses more eco-friendly still a deterrent. Andrew Marsh is an Adelaide home owner whose home may look like many others, but energy-saving measures are proving highly effective. “Over probably the first five years we lived here I succeeded in bringing our energy bills down by some 70 per cent,” he explained. During winter, the swimming pool is plumbed to the house for toilet flushing, saving 35,000 litres of water annually. Wall cavities filled with polystyrene beans have tripled the thermal resistance of the house. But other measures such as double glazing win...

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