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Sustainable Living in Melbourne

By Matt Hurlston

Adopting a sustainable and green lifestyle is an increasing trend among Melburnians and recent council initiatives are supporting this eco-friendly choice.

Even older buildings are seeing the benefits of more sustainable choices, with the '1200 Buildings, Melbourne Retrofit Survey 2013' revealing that 25 per cent of the 589 surveyed buildings are undergoing environmentally friendly retrofits.

Furthermore, 16 per cent of building owners and representatives who took part in the survey plan to retrofit their property within the next five years.

The most common upgrades performed as part of these retrofit plans were transforming traditional lighting by installing more energy efficient bulbs.

Residents of real estate in Hughesdale and other suburbs in Monash are also set to see the streets become more eco-friendly as the council works towards reducing carbon emissions by 18 per cent.

This is being achieved by replacing more than 8,000 street lights with more energy efficient bulbs, which will use one third the energy of the current lights.

"Making our street lights more energy efficient is a complete no-brainer. It's an environmental imperative and will be an economic windfall," Mayor Geoff Lake said in a December 18 media release.

If you are interested in more sustainable housing in Monash, contact real estate professional Matthew Hurlston to discuss your options today.

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