Funds future-proofEnvironment House

Rachael Roberts with volunteer Glenys Davies and her grand-daughter Charlotte Knox Bolleter. Picture: David Baylis           d441752
Rachael Roberts with volunteer Glenys Davies and her grand-daughter Charlotte Knox Bolleter. Picture: David Baylis         d441752

Co-ordinator Ra-chael Roberts said securing the sponsorship in June from Bayswater and Noranda Community Bank was important after losing state and federal funding over the past two years.

�Our focus has always been on educating people about how to use energy and water more efficiently, reduce bills and improve environmental outcomes,� Ms Roberts said.

�This is a key area where our skilled and professional auditors assist households across Perth.

�This work is still going on with local council support in some areas, namely Stirling, Joondalup, Cambridge and Cockburn.

�It is hoped that Bassendean and Swan will soon have home audits available for residents.�

Ms Roberts said the sponsorship enabled Environment House to assist local schools and community groups to reduce their energy bills in a shared-cost arrangement.

�Most recently we assisted Hillcrest Primary School to reduce its energy and water use, with a projected saving of $15,000 a year,� she said.

�Our auditor Alan Benn is currently finalising an audit for Weld Square Primary School.

�We are also providing composting and worm farm eco-hardware and education for local schools.

�We anticipate this service to expand rapidly as schools learn about what we are doing and for our relationship with these schools to be ongoing into the future � a future that is now secure.�

Environment House is holding an open day on September 13, from 11am-3pm, with Mr Benn, who can give cost-saving advice.

Gardening volunteers will also be on hand to talk about three methods of turning organic waste into soil fertiliser � traditional composting, worm farming and bokashi composting.

For details, visit www.sustainablehouseday.com