Our household decisions, including the ways we use energy, water, and other natural resources, as well as how we dispose of them, can have a heavy impact on our environment, our neighbours, and our future.
Changing our habits doesn’t have to be hard and it can be a lot of fun.
Here you can learn what you can do to be more sustainable and resilient on a daily basis.
Be an Energy Expert
Unfortunately your energy bill isn’t itemised like your mobile phone bill or a shopping receipt, so it can be hard to tell how much energy you are using in your home, and which appliances may be using it.
Being an Energy Expert can help you:
- Pinpoint the main energy users in your home
- Find ways to reduce your energy use
- Save money
- Make your home more comfortable to live in.
See how you could save electricity in your home by doing a home electricity audit.(PDF, 59KB)
Be Water Wise
We hear a lot about the Woronora and Warragamba Dams, but did you know that these dams don’t supply water to the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA) or the Macarthur region? In fact, the Cataract and Cordeaux Dams supply most of the water for the region and are fed primarily by rainwater.
Learn more about where our water comes from, how we use it in our homes and how we can preserve it for future generations on our Be Water Wise page.
Be a Waste Warrior
Fight waste at home with our tips on avoiding, reducing and re-using waste to keep it out of the general waste bin.
Discover the magical world of worm farming(PDF, 681KB) and learn how to make your own worm farm.(PDF, 2MB)
Worms don’t have eyes, they breathe through their skin, suck on their food and eat their own weight in food every day! But the best part is these littler critters turn your leftover food into rich soil-like castings which are great for feeding house plants, adding to potting soils or top dressing around plants.
To support your worm farm, why not also make your own compost(PDF, 3MB).
- Composting is a cheap and easy, returns vital nutrients to the soil, improves soil structure and keeps moisture in the soil.
- It’s also 100% natural and does not require any expensive artificial fertilisers.
- A compost heap is a living system containing millions of microorganisms that act as natural decomposers to your food waste.
- Unlike worm farms, compost heaps can also be fed by grass clippings, newspaper, hair and vacuum dust.
You can also try some smart shopping(PDF, 1MB) to reduce the waste you bring into your home and reduce your carbon footprint.
Be Climate Conscious
It can be a little overwhelming witnessing and hearing about the impacts of climate change, but not all is lost. We can all be part of the solution to the climate crisis by making more climate conscious decisions in our day-to-day activities.
As a starting point, you can calculate your ecological footprint to see how many 'Planet Earths' worth of resources would be needed if everyone made the same lifestyle choices as you by using the carbon Footprint calculator.
See where we as a community can make changes to help reduce carbon emissions by taking a look at the below data specific to the Campbelltown Local Government Area from 2016/17.
Emissions by source
Campbelltown LGA data showing the biggest greenhouse gas emissions by source (2016/17).
- Electricity 66.6 per cent
- Transport 21.7 per cent
- Waste 8.9 per cent
- Gas 2.7 per cent.
Transport by mode
Campbelltown LGA residential data showing the most common transport by mode (2016/17).
- Car- as a driver 50.5 per cent
- Car- as a passenger 26.1 per cent
- Train 18.5 per cent
- Bus 3.9 per cent
- Walking 0.8 per cent
- Other 0.1 per cent.
Waste by source
Campbelltown LGA data showing waste generation by source (2016/17).
- Recycling 48.4 per cent
- Commercial and industrial 36.4 per cent
- Solid 8.9 per cent
- Green 6.3 per cent.
Be a Natural Explorer
Discover the beauty of Campbelltown with our DIY worksheets for kids and families - download one of our activity guides and explore your backyard, balcony or local park.
Free sustainability workshops
Did you know that Council, in partnership with the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, runs free sustainability workshops to our community.
Check out the latest free sustainable workshops available and book in.