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Steven Slothouwer moved to New Zealand about five years ago with his wife Elke Blommers and their now 11-year-old son in search of an adventure, and found themselves building an eco-friendly house framed by green hills down a long country road in Masterton.

A month after completing the solar-powered house, Steven is running a course on sustainable living, in which he will share his experiences, encourage others to share theirs and learn more about the environment and how to limit their impact on it.

“It’s good to have a group like this to stimulate change because there are a lot of small things you can do, and if you have a lot of people doing them, it can make a big difference.

“I will give people who come to the course an overview of what’s going on globally and then take a step back so we can discuss what you can do at home.”

In a group of 10 to 15 people, there will be eight weekly workshops on energy efficiency, waste minimisation, gardening with nature, organic vegetable growing, eco-building, water use, avoiding stream pollution, transport and community resilience.

“A lot of this is common sense, but some people just don’t know where to start. Living like this makes sense, especially in these times when money is tight.

read the full article via Masterton home eco-aware – Local News – Wairarapa Times-Age.

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