Arabic bilingual educator, Yasmin Mohamed
Yasmin Mohamed is a passionate member of the Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project (ECSLP) team. Originally a vet in Sudan, Yasmin now supports Arabic speakers across Sydney to learn more about sustainability in the Australian context. Workshop participants discuss sustainable practices in their first language and share new ideas.
Randwick participant, Mrs Samira Mittas, has changed to energy efficient lighting and started switching off appliances at the power point.
Before the workshop Mrs Mittas would set the air-conditioning to very warm in winter and really cool in summer. 'I now keep a thermometer nearby to remind me to adjust the air-conditioning to the right temperature,' she said.
Hot water accounted for nearly half of Mrs Mittas' power bill. She started using cold water for the washing machine and reduced her shower times. 'I learnt that it is not hot water that cleans the clothes, it's the quality of the detergent.'
Since making the changes, Mrs Mittas has seen a 63 per cent reduction in her power bill. 'My bill has dropped from $1500 to $560 and I am so happy.'