Sustainability at home

Sustainability at home will reduce your energy consumption and environmental impact, and could save you money. 

Home energy assessment toolkits (HEAT)

Our home energy assessment toolkit (HEAT) will help you to find out:

  • Which of your home appliances are guzzling power
  • Where your home leaks heat in winter
  • Where your home gains heat in summer
  • How you can make simple changes to save money
  • How you can make simple changes to save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Kits are available for loan at no charge, for two weeks at a time. Collection is by appointment from the City's Administration Centre.

Book a home assessment energy toolkit (HEAT)
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Saving water in your garden

Almost 50% of residential water consumption goes onto the garden. Using Waterwise native plants for your garden or verge can help reduce your water consumption and save you money. 

The City’s annual Living Green program provides residents with free Waterwise native plants for their verge and home garden. Subscribe to our Living Green e-newsletter to hear when this offer will next be available. Please refer to our Verge Treatment Guidelines before planting your native verge garden. 

Consider installing a grey water system and using waste water from your shower and laundry to irrigate your garden. To encourage the uptake of grey water systems, the City of Stirling has waived all applications fees.  A list of approved grey water systems and the Application Form can be found on the Department of Health website.

Dog poo disposer

Dog poo worm farms are a great way to dispose of dog poo. The system is simply to dispose of your dog poo, it is not for harvesting worm castings and for health reasons cannot be used near food crops. The castings and juice produced go directly into the ground where the worm farm is located.

Bottomless, recycled wheelie bins are available for purchase at the Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB).

For more information, please visit the Recycling Centre Balcatta (RCB) page.

Don't release balloons

Balloons - don't let them go

When helium balloons are released into the sky they eventually freeze and shatter, falling back to earth as litter.

These leftover peices often land in the ocean and look like jellyfish or squid - a favourite food of many fish, whales, turtles and seabirds. 

Even balloons labelled as 'biodegradable' can take between one to four years to degrade, leaving plenty of time for them to be eaten or to entabgle wildlife.

The City of Stirling asks people to not release helium balloons at our reserves and facilities. Please help us to keep our City's sky and sea litter-free and safe for all animals.

For more information, view the helium balloon fact sheet here.

Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Verge Treatment Guidelines2.1MB (PDF)
Guide to Saving Electricity, Gas and Water932.0KB (PDF)