By saving energy, Council and our local community can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our impact on climate change. Saving energy also leads to cost savings on your electricity and gas bills.
Did you know?
In an average Australian home, around 40% of energy use is for heating and cooling, water heating (hot water) can account for about 25%, electrical appliances can account for up to 30% and lighting between 8% to 15%. This can of course vary if you have halogen downlights, an old freezer or other inefficient appliances, or a pool pump or poor insulation.
What Council is doing
Council adopted its Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) in 2019. The plan identifies the organisation’s priorities for avoiding and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy saving and renewable energy technologies, and supporting the community to transition to a low carbon future. The Plan outlines Council's target of zero net emissions (carbon neutrality) for its own operations by 2025.
The recent climate emergency declaration by Council in November 2019 means there is also a greater need for Council to support practical action by our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. See the ‘What you can do’ section below.
Information on some of Council’s recent energy and greenhouse reduction actions can be found on Council’s Greenhouse and Water Performance page.
What you can do
- Understand your electricity usage. If you have a smart meter installed, you can sign up to United Energy’s (local energy distributor) free Energy Easy portal to learn more about your hourly energy use patterns, your costs (before you get your bill!) and how you compare with the rest of your suburb
- Make smarter purchasing decisions when replacing vehicles, whitegoods or even buildings and choose the most energy or fuel efficient. See ‘Related Information’ for more on YourHome, a guide to environmentally sustainable homes, and Energy Star ratings of appliances
- Find out about energy and hot water saving rebates and incentives, including the State Government’s Victorian Energy Upgrades program for households and businesses. Visit ‘Environmental Grants and Rebates’ under Related information for more
- Switch to solar - visit Council's Solar and Renewable Energy page for more information and great resources to help you work out if solar is right for you
- To save money on your electricity for gas bills, search and compare rates and incentives from a range of retailers so you’ll have the information you need to confidently choose the most cost-effective energy company for you. Visit the Victorian Government’s Victorian Energy Compare website for an independent price comparator