Check out all the [sustainable retrofit rebates](http://green-change.com/australian-rebates/) available here in Australia. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and find your state ones, too.
You could get a rainwater tank, a solar hot water system, solar electricity, roof insulation or a number of other items.
OK, maybe I’m a bit cheeky calling this stuff ‘free’. Some certainly is (like the free roof insulation), but some you will still have to pay something for after collecting the rebates. But with Rudd’s latest stimulus package just being passed, most Australians will be receiving enough cash to cover those remaining costs!
Or you could spend the money on some [fruit trees](http://green-change.com/2009/01/22/planting-out-fruit-trees/), or on setting up a vegetable garden, or even just use it to fund a [switch to green energy](http://green-change.com/2009/01/03/choosing-a-green-electricit-supplier/) for a decade or so.
None of us were budgeting for these handouts a fortnight ago, so why not spend it on something to reduce the running costs of your home, enhance its resale value, increase your quality of life, and reduce your environmental footprint? Surely that’s a great way to spend a bunch of money that just fell into our collective laps?!
How are you going to spend your Rudd bonus? Share your ideas in the comments!
Photo by [Ed Bacchus](http://flickr.com/photos/ebacchus/).