1.       Build eco-friendly house
–          Design house to function off-grid (independent of public utility services)
–          Design for cross ventilation so no air-conditioning needed
–          Use ‘Pole home’ design built on cleared area to minimise ecological footprint
–          Include numerous large windows for ventilation and natural light
–          Install energy efficient fans, low-flush toilets and water efficient tap fittings
–          Incorporate durable, eco-friendly permanent fixtures (e.g. Rayburn)
–          Install recycled wood kitchen
–          Furnish with up-cycled and recycled wood furniture

2.       Minimise use of fossil fuels
–          Power home with 100% solar energy
–          Convert vehicle to bio-diesel/vegetable oil or exchange for hybrid 4wd
–          Work close to home or from home
–          Use vegetable oil generator as a back-up power source
–          Install wood stove for cooking and heating home
–          Install evacuated tube solar system for hot water (with wood stove as backup)

3.       When buying new items, purchase only eco-friendly products 
–          Produce cleaning and beauty products from natural/biodegradable ingredients
–          Convert energy efficient chest freezer to fridge to reduce power consumption
–          Buy energy efficient electrical goods and light bulbs
–          Use wood stove (rather than electrical applicance) as dehumidifier to prevent mould
–          Purchase long-lasting furniture made from recycled wood
–          Avoid buying non-biodegradable plastics

4.       Achieve 90% food self-sufficiency and source remainder locally 
–          Keep chickens and guinea fowl for eggs, pest control and fertiliser
–          Keep goats for cheese, milk, butter production and weed control
–          Keep bees for pollination and honey
–          Set up Aquaponics system for fish and salad
–          Plant kitchen garden for herbs and vegetables
–          Plant food forest for fruit and perennial vegetables
–          Include native/bushtucker foods to supplement diet and increase resilience
–          Buy foods grown/produced within 100 miles when cannot produce at home

5.       Use 100% collected rainwater for all water needs         
–          Install rainwater tanks and collection system on roof for home use
–          Use Rainwater tank system on shed for Aquaponics and fruit trees
–          Recycle grey water for use on garden

6.       Produce no waste
–          Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle wherever possible
–          Use paper and cardboard to light fire and line raised beds
–          Feed worms/Chickens/Compost all vegetable matter
–          Freecycle or sell any non-bio-degradable or reusable unwanted goods
–          Grow or raise all food to avoid buying foods in packaging
–          Convert tree and grass cuttings to mulch for fruit trees

7.       Preserve and increase biodiversity
–          Buy patch of high-biodiversity rainforest and conserve
–          Create low-water, native plant garden that attracts wildlife
–          Install a large habitat pond with water plants
–          Rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, release onto our property
–          Control alien/invasive species (e.g. Lantana) where possible
–          Undertake ecological surveys and use findings to guide management decisions
–          Avoid use of pesticides or herbicides
–          Use deterrents and natural predators to deter garden raiders
–          Plant heirloom vegetable species

8.       Recycle waste from others
–          Upcycle other peoples rubbish
–          Buy second-hand wherever possible
–          Collect cow manure from local dairy
–          Collect mill mud from local sugar refinery to use as fertiliser
–          Buy recycled vegetable oil to run generator
–          Collect waste produce from local supermarket to compost/feed rescued wildlife

 

 

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