This topic is an interesting one that was prompted by one of our lovely customers here at F&F, who informed us that the City of Parramatta Council is currently offering rebates for reusable nappies and sanitary products. There are lots of councils taking a step in the right (green) direction by encouraging residents to use more eco-friendly products like solar panels, composters, rainwater tanks and more. If you're not sure if your council is doing anything, it never hurts to ask!
City of Parramatta Council Offering Rebates on Reusable Nappies and Sanitary Products
If you're a Parramatta resident you can get a rebate of up to $150 with proof of purchase of reusable nappies and other reusable baby products like swim nappies, reusable inner liners for nappies, reusable wipes, wet bags, and reusable nursing breast pads.
Penrith City Council also offers a similar rebate scheme.
Randwick City Council Gives Rebates for Sustainable Household Equipment
Randwick Council is offering rebates for rooftop solar, solar batteries and solar health checks as part of Community Sustainable, a program that supports houses, units and businesses in the Randwick local government area to implement energy and water-saving initiatives. Properties in Randwick can receive up to $3,000 in sustainability rebates. There are lots of councils who offer similar rebates, so definitely check with yours and save some money!
Victorian Energy Upgrade Program
This government energy efficiency program gives Victorian households and businesses the chance to receive rebates or discounts on energy-saving products like LED lights, hot water systems, heating and cooling, showerheads and more.
This year (2021), energy retailers will help reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 6.5 million tonnes through energy efficiency.
Have you had your incandescent lightbulbs switched to energy-saving LEDs?
Make sure to check out all the energy and money-saving you could be doing as a household or business.
Compost and Worm Farm Rebates
We were so excited to see so many councils providing rebates for composters and worm farms. You can significantly decrease your household waste by composting and divert organic matter from landfill.
Live in an apartment and don't have anywhere to dump your compost bin? No sweat, ShareWaste will help you find someone in your community to donate your compost to! How cool!
Should Australians Be Paid To Ride To Work?
Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation, Bicycle Network certainly thinks so.
"Rewarding people who ride to work with a $5 bonus will encourage even more people to swap out cars for bikes. Keen bike commuters who ride every day could earn up to $1,100 a year, while also saving on car and petrol costs."
Successful pay-to-ride tax schemes are already running in Italy, The Netherlands and the UK.
Canada Gives Rebates For Electric Car Drivers
Transport Canada announced a national purchase incentive program for electric vehicles. Canadians who purchase electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids are eligible for an incentive of $2,500 to $5,000. Incentives will be applied at the point-of-sale by dealerships.
No, we can't all afford Teslas, but there are some more affordable electric cars on the market. Do you think Australia should offer incentives for purchasing an electric car?
Here at Flora & Fauna, the topic of climate change and sustainability is always top of mind and we love hearing local councils pushing for a greener future. We always encourage you to get involved with your local community and enact positive change where you can.
If your local council gives rebates for any eco products, we'd love to know so we can add it to this blog, so send us an email, Facebook message, Instagram DM or simply give us a ring!
If your council doesn't give any rebates for eco-friendly products, write an email, join your council's Facebook group, start a petition and spread a bit of green knowledge within your community.
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