Sustainable Living in the Valley Families Go Green We get it. You’re bringing up the kids, going to work and So far, we’ve run the program in Frankston, Ballarat, paying the bills. It’s pretty hard to ﬁnd the time to think Colac, Bannockburn and Haddon and the families about safeguarding the environment… especially if you’re tell us they’ve learnt “heaps of helpful ways to save renting or don’t have much money or time to spare. water and energy”. (The kids think the herb pots they took home were pretty cool, too.) Environment Victoria’s Families Go Green program works with families like yours, demonstrating cheap and easy We’re planning to run several workshop series things that everyone can do at home. We help families in Moe and Morwell in 2009 and 2010. When not only reduce their environmental impact, but also save we run Families Go Green we partner with local money off their bills. And we do it while entertaining the organisations to ensure the workshops are tailored kids with fun and educational environmental activities. to the needs and interests of the local community. We’re ﬁnalising our partners for Families Go Green The project consists of a series of two free workshops, in the Latrobe Valley, which means we haven’t set where participants learn about sustainability and what dates yet, but you can expect to see these soon. they can do, receive materials to help them look at their own home’s environmental impact, and take home a set of water and energy saving devices for free. We use local volunteers to help us run the workshops, which helps them build conﬁdence and skills, and learn a lot about sustainability along the way. If you are interested in ﬁnding out more about Families Go Green, or are interested in being a participant, volunteer, or even a partner organisation, contact Kate Senko on 5136 3504 or email@example.com or visit www.environmentvictoria.org.au A taster of Families Go Green – Fridges! Besides learning about sustainability in workshops, Families Go Green participants receive an audit booklet, which helps them do a sustainability audit of their homes. To get a feel for how this works, here is one of the audit questions about fridges. See which of the descriptions below best describes your fridge use. If it’s in the ‘Not So Good’ column, check out some of the suggestions on how you could run your fridge more efﬁciently and save energy. Fridge: Which of these columns best describes Questions Suggestions your fridge? What is the temperature NOT SO GOOD GOOD • Turn your fridge down to 4˚ C setting on your fridge? • Running at less • Set at 4˚C (the recommended operating than 3˚C. temperature for a fridge). How is it placed? Do the • Placed with good • Located in a ventilation • Ensure the coils (at the back of doors seal effectively? small space the fridge) are well ventilated so • Effective door seals. heat can dissipate, increasing with little air circulation. • No direct sunlight on efﬁciency. fridge. • Ensure the coils are free from • Poor door seals. • Food allowed to dust, webs and kitchen grease. • Sun shining on cool before being (IMPORTANT: Turn the fridge off the fridge. refrigerated. at the wall before cleaning the • Hot foods placed coils.) in fridge. • Maintain the door seals so cool Printed on 100% recycled paper air cannot escape. Wipe them regularly, replace them if worn. • Make sure fridge doors are always sealed shut. • Always let hot food cool before placing it in the fridge. Taking on these suggestions will make a good dint in your greenhouse gas emissions… and help you save money on your energy bills.