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 and faulty freezer or other inefficient appliances, or a pool pump or poor insulation.
What Council is doing
Council’s recently adopted Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) documents the organisation’s priorities for avoiding and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy saving and renewable energy technologies. The Plan sets out Council's target of zero net emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2025 and includes a range of actions across Council operations, plus actions to support our community to transition to a low carbon future.
The recent climate emergency declaration by Council in November 2019 means there is also a greater need for Council to support practical action by households to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. See ‘What you can do’ section below.
- Towards Zero Emissions Plan 2019-2023 (3MB)
Some of Council’s energy and greenhouse reduction actions include:
- Bulk streetlight renewal and upgrade of inefficient 80W (Watt) mercury vapour lamps to more efficient 28W T5 tubular fluorescents lamps. Council is now investigating the feasibility of LEDs
- Energy audits and energy efficient retrofits of Council-owned buildings
- Installation of solar power on over 60 Council-owned facilities
- Adoption of the Environmentally Sustainable Design Standards for Council Buildings policy, setting minimum environmental performance standards for all Council building projects
- Greening urban spaces, for example, through planting trees to reduce carbon dioxide
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
- Find out how to save energy around your home. Access Council’s free Energy Advice service for residents through the Australian Energy Foundation. Visit ‘Free Energy Advice’ under Related Links for details
- Make smarter purchasing decisions when replacing vehicles, whitegoods or even buildings and choose the most energy or fuel efficient. See ‘Related Links’ for more information 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 Links for more information
- Switch to solar - visit Council’s Solar and Renewable Energy webpage 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
- Learn how you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. The Australian Greenhouse Calculator will help you to explore how your lifestyle contributes to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and impact on climate change. Refer to the Australian Greenhouse Calculator for more information.
For more information contact
Frankston City Council
PO Box 490
30 Davey Street
Frankston VIC 3199
P. 1300 322 322
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