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Energy Use and Savings

Energy efficiency ideas at home and work.

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Sustainability 

Learn ways to reduce your electricity bills at Positive Charge or Switch On

Take the quick GO5 test - do you pass or fail?

 

Don’t get burnt by energy bills

Call the independent not-for-profit Energy Helpline (Positive Charge) on 03 9385 8555 to make an appointment for an energy expert to call back to discuss reducing your energy (and costs) at work or at home.  Have an electricity bill handy.  We have subscribed for all our residents and businesses, so please make the most of this service. You can also:

  • Shade windows externally in summer
  • Insulate - ceiling, underfloor and walls
  • Ventilate in summer - cross flow from windows and use fan before turning on an air-conditioner
  • Draft proof in winter - including using heaving curtains and filling gaps
  • Use energy star ratings for heaters/air conditioners/appliances - some are more efficient and ask about standby power
  • Set your thermostat to between 24-26 degrees in summer and 18-20 degrees in winter - every degree either way adds 10% more energy
  • Lighting upgrade - check for VEET scheme discounts

At Home

Call the not-for-profit Energy Helpline (Positive Charge) on 03 9385 8555 and speak to an energy expert.  Normal cost is $50, but it's free for residents.

Download the Smart Living Guide for East Gippsland residents.

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Renting

If you are renting there are options to reduce your energy consumption and carbon emissions - such as draft proofing or choosing GreenPower on your electricity account to reduce your emissions.  Download The Victorian Green Renters Guide and call the not-for-profit Energy Helpline (Positive Charge) on 03 9385 8555 to make an appointment, and they will call you back to discuss ways to reduce your energy consumption and costs.  Have an electricity bill handy.  We have subscribed for all our residents, so please make the most of this service. Normal cost is $50 but for residents it's free.

 

At Work

Many people in East Gippsland spend a lot of time at work.  There are many opportunities for small and medium businesses to become more energy efficient.  Many business tenants are moving into or asking for green buildings.  Improved comfort conditions from more natural light and ventilation, greater thermal control and unwanted noise reduction, leads to better staff productivity.

Call the not-for-profit independent Energy Helpline (Positive Charge) on 03 9385 8555 to make an appointment for an energy expert to call you back.  Make sure you have an electricity bill handy.  We have subscribed for all residents, so please make the most of this service.  Normal cost is $50 but it's free for East Gippsland residents.

 

GreenPower

Opt for GreenPower on your electricity account to help drive demand and grow the renewable energy sector. GreenPower is the ability to purchase renewable energy as part of your electricity bill, usually without changing your energy retailer.

 

Cars

Use the Green Vehicle Guide to compare options.

The Australian transport sector accounts for around 76 million tonnes of Australia's total net greenhouse gas emissions or 13.5 per cent of Australia's total emissions.

Make sure fuel savings are considered when calculating the up-front cost of the car. And slow down! At 110 km/h your car uses up to 25% more petrol than it would cruising at 90 km/h.

Check out the Green Vehicle Guide and Green Car Sales website for more information.

 

Links

Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Sustainability Victoria  

Good Environmental Choice Australia 

Green Building Council of Australia

Sustainable living facts sheets from Clean Up Australia Day

Living Greener

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources  - information about electricity including smart meters and renewable energy feed-in tariffs in Victoria

Department of Environment

 

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