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See the green potential of your Hughesdale property

By Matt Hurlston

Going green is something that many homeowners aspire to, not only because it helps the environment, but can also lead to long-term financial savings. If you’re currently living in an apartment and would like some environmental inspiration, the High Life Expo 2016 could be just what you need.

The event, which takes place on 22 June at the Melbourne Town Hall, will bring together existing property owners throughout the area to showcase what sustainability projects they’ve undertaken. Some are large-scale installations, while others are much smaller ideas that would be easy to include in your real estate in Hughesdale.

Leading by example

One apartment owner who’s embraced the green potential of her home is Sonia Bednar, whose sustainable installation has gone from strength to strength.

“Our roof was a big white, windy expanse used for hanging up the washing,” commented Ms Bednar.

“Then we discovered it had green roof potential so we formed a green roof committee with like-minded residents and two years later our garden is thriving and our happiness factor has gone off the scales.”

This is just one of the examples you can expect to learn more about at the High Life Expo. A number of councils have been actively involved in making apartments throughout the region more sustainable, helping property owners reap the benefits of reduced household bills.

It’s possible that the provision of environmentally-friendly Oakleigh real estate may improve further, as the federal government recently outlined its Smart Cities plan. The move has been welcomed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), which applauded the $100million contribution to set up a Sustainable Cities Investment Fund.

Although some local councils have been effective at rolling out green initiatives, the GBCA suggested this so far hasn’t happened on a national level.

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