Eco-homes on display
LISMORE City Council is encouraging owners of sustainable homes to throw open their doors for the national Sustainable House Day in September.
Lismore Council will for the first time co-ordinate and facilitate the day, which celebrates sustainable living and encourages others to make their houses more eco friendly.
Last year more than 200 families across Australia opened their homes to at least 40,000 visitors.
The council's environmental strategy officer Anton Nguyen said residents who had retrofitted their home, or built an eco-home from scratch, were encouraged to get involved to share sustainability ideas with people across the Northern Rivers.
"It's good for us as a region to showcase what we have already, what we are currently doing and to encourage others to take the next step," Mr Nguyen.
"Meeting the home owners means you can hear about their experiences and get unbiased advice on setting up a sustainable home."
Mr Nguyen, who will be opening up his home for the day, said building his house had been an exciting project and he was looking forward to sharing those experiences with people from around the area.
Mr Nguyen's home features a stand-alone solar system which runs the entire house, a waterless composting toilet, rain water tanks and gardens based on permaculture principles.
The council, in partnership with Rous Water, will also host a free Sustainable House Day seminar and trade show on September 6.