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Home Waste and Sustainability Advisory Service

About the Service - What happens during a free home assessment - How to book - DIY Kits - Find out more

Book a FREE HOME ASSESSMENT and win $1500 of home improvements!
Sign up now and enter the draw to be 1 of 3 lucky winners of $1,500 to spend on environmental improvements for your home. Open to all City of Ryde residents who complete the application and have a home assessment completed by Council.
Applications close on 31 January 2020. Terms and Conditions apply.(PDF, 174KB)

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About the Service

Let us help you create a comfortable, healthy and efficient home whilst also saving money on your bills. The Home Waste and Sustainability Advisory Service offers free advice to Ryde residents that will help you understand how you can reduce your home's running costs - and at the same time improve its comfort and environmental performance. 

Home Assessments

Are your utility bills ever increasing? Do you feel like your home is extremely hot in summer and freezing in winter? Would you like to install solar panels or replace your electric hot water heater and save energy and money?  By booking a home assessment with one of our advisors, you will receive tailored advice that identifies energy, water and waste savings in your home that will make it more liveable, affordable and healthier. 

During the assessment, a Council advisor will review your energy and water bills and walk through your home with you, pointing out the most energy and water consuming behaviours and appliances before delivering you with a personalised Action Plan. The Plan recommends actions your household can take to improve its efficiency and comfort and outlines how to better manage your waste. 

What happens during a free home assessment from a council advisor?

  • A Council advisor wearing an identification badge arrives at your home at the agreed time.
  • You will be asked to give consent allowing the advisor to enter your home and review your energy and water use data.
  • The advisor will inspect your bills and property with you and deliver advice on:
    • utility bills, tariff structures and potential savings
    • energy and water efficiency
    • thermal comfort
    • waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
  • The advisor will outline recommendations from your tailored Action Plan.
  • The assessment process takes approximately 1 hour. 

How to make a booking?

Ryde residents can book a free home assessment from a Council advisor between 8 am and 3 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (Saturday bookings are available according to demand). 

If you are interested in a Home Assessment, please complete either:

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DIY - Save power kits

Save Power Kits can help you learn more about power use in your home. Each kit contains a range of tools to help you identify where energy is being wasted, such as a power usage meter to measure electricity from appliances and an infrared thermometer and compass to measure the optimal temperature of your home. Kits also include a guidebook and worksheets to help you develop an action plan so you can start saving energy immediately. The kits may be borrowed from all of Ryde's Libraries

The kits do not provide advice on reducing water use and waste. To obtain a full assessment of your water, waste and energy, book a Home Assessment with the Home Waste and Sustainability Advisory Service (see How to make a booking above).

Find out more

Contact Council’s Home Waste and Sustainability Advisor on 9952 8198 or email


Last updated on 4 July 2019