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Get a home assessment
A home sustainability assessment will help you identify which actions will be the most effective in reducing energy and water use in your home, saving you money and improving household comfort.
- Calculate your environmental impact and better understand your household energy use
- Get expert suggestions for improvement
- Make changes where they’ll have the biggest impact
- Identify no and low cost things you can do now
At a glance
- Savings 2
- Ease 3
- Impact 2
- Research energy and water assessors and search for rebates for home assessments in your area.
- Check your preferred assessor's qualifications and experience. The Australian Building Sustainability Association has a list of accredited assessors and the Building Designers Association Victoria has a list of accredited assessors, building designers and consultants. It's a good idea to ask to have a look at some of the previous assessment reports of prospective assessors and ask questions so you understand what they offer.
- Ask your assessor what sort of things to have ready for the assessment. For example, your energy bills and water usage for the past 12 months as well as any building reports or house plans.
- Check if you're eligible for rebates to help you implement changes that save energy and water at home.
After a home assessment you should receive a tailored report advising the most effective changes for your home. The recommendations may contain a range of practical recommendations including:
- things you can do to save energy and water without spending any money, like taking shorter showers and switching off unused appliances at the power point
- small and cheap solutions like draught-proofing your home or installing water flow regulators and aerators to your taps or showerheads
- bigger investment options like installing insulation, rainwater tanks or a greywater system.
Once you receive your report, make time with your assessor to go through the recommendations so you can ask any questions and get advice about your options for tackling the issues identified.
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