Reflections on Sustainable House Day

We had a great day yesterday for Sustainable House Day (which was hosted in the Lower Hunter by Transition Newcastle). Numbers were quite a bit down on last year, but we still had around 80 adults and over 20 children come through. Cathy run tours all day where she took people around in small groups explaining the features of the house and how we tried to be more sustainable.

We had information sheets around the house(see links at the end for the sheets), a slideshow about the house and a table with various resources, magazines and give aways.

Heather from Sun Cooking Australia demonstrated her solar ovens and solar kettle (with a bit of help from my brother).

Liza from Permaculture Hunter and Lachy from Tree Frog Permaculture were also there for much of the day to answer questions or just to have a chat.

Jasmine and Alexa (with the help of their two cousins and Cathy’s sister) sold cakes and scones as a fund-raiser to assist with the Oxfam East Africa Food Crisis Appeal.(They raised over $125.)

We tried to make it  as relaxed and as open as possible so people felt comfortable wandering into a stranger’s house and asking questions. Kids were welcome to play in the cubby, use the swings or do some drawing. People were free to become involved in ways that suited them. Some people did the tour and left. Some wandered around them selves. Others stayed and chatted for quite a while.

It was a great day and thanks to everybody who helped.

Information Sheets

Solar Passive Design


Electricity production


Water Tank

Toilet cistern

Things we would have done differently

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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3 Responses to Reflections on Sustainable House Day

  1. solar kettle says:

    hi, thanks for an interesting article! solar cooking is an excellent way to cook food without wasting fuel or heating up your kitchen. we especially like dehydrating fruit, bananas and mangoes turn out great!!


  2. Tricia says:

    We enjoyed visiting your home Graeme and loved Cathy’s tour. Your home is inspiring. Thanks for sharing it :-)


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