Jane wins more than just a holiday
  • Thursday 12 April 2012

Winner of the Living Smart Challenge, Jane Batzloff has not only won a relaxing weekend at the Coolum Golf Resort but discovered new ways to save money and the environment at home.

More than 1300 Sunshine Coast residents entered the challenge by registering with the Sunshine Coast Council’s online sustainable living educational tool, Living Smart Homes.

Ms. Batzloff said the free program gave her the information, activities, games and calculators to help reduce her environmental consumption and save money in the process.

"After realising how small changes can make a big difference, the whole family made an effort to turn off the lights, take shorter showers and separate recyclable rubbish," Ms. Batzloff said.

"The program’s also given us new ideas to reduce our global footprint such as buying a separate bin for compost and using solar power as an alternative electricity option.

"We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re working as a family through the program’s eight interactive modules and making gradual changes towards a more sustainable lifestyle."

Also part of the Living Smart Challenge was the organisational challenge – a competition between council, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast TAFE and Queensland Health.

Kicking off in September last year, the organisations were challenged to get the greatest number of staff registering for Living Smart Homes and using the program to increase sustainable behaviour at home.

Sunshine Coast Council won the competition with the majority of registrations.

The Living Smart website encourages residents to reduce their impact on the environment by making small changes at home in eight key areas - water, waste, energy, food, biodiversity, transport, neighbourhood and wellbeing.

Anyone can enjoy the benefits of Living Smart Homes for free by going to www.livingsmartqld.com.au and selecting ‘Homes.’ Also available on the Living Smart website are an online database of local eco businesses and the awards arm of the program, locally known as ‘the Glossies’.

Living Smart is a joint project of Sunshine Coast Council and Moreton Regional Council.