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Living Smart

How can you live smarter?

Living smart means saving water, saving energy, cutting waste, which can all save you money and reduce your impact on the world’s resources.

Top Tips for simple living

  • Avoid food waste. Don’t over-purchase food and put your scraps in your green organics bin. City of Adelaide provide free kitchen organics baskets and compostable bin liners. Pick up yours from the customer service desk. 
  • Start a reusable coffee cup habit. Australian throw away three billion single-use coffee cups every year, most which end up in landfill. See if your local café offers a discount.
  • Fill your own water bottle. Plastic bottles are derived from crude oil and it can take up to 3 litres of water to produce a 1 litre bottle. 
  • Stop or reduce plastic waste by making your own beeswax wraps
  • Find out if you can repair an item instead of replacing. 
  • Save energy –  Energy Partners offer free energy bill audits.
  • See what rebates back you may be eligible for, forsustainability technologies like solar, batteries, energy monitoring and more. 
  • Find out ways you can contribute to becoming carbon neutral.  

Living Smart Courses

Living Smart is a seven-week course that brings people together to learn from and support each other, learn new skills, make sustainable changes and help to create networks of likeminded locals.

Course topics include: living simply, waste, water, gardening for biodiversity, gardening for food, energy, healthy you, healthy home, transport and community.

To see whether there’s a course near you go to

Watch this video for a taste of what to expect from a Living Smart course:

How to get involved

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board is funding a number of courses to be delivered in partnership with councils. Find out more about upcoming courses throughout South Australia here.

If you are interested in participating in a course next year and you live within the City of Adelaide, please email your interest to Bec Taylor (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). If you live in a different Council area, please email your interest to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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