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Energy Use and Savings

Energy efficiency ideas at home and work.

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Learn ways to reduce your electricity bills at Positive Charge or Victorian Energy Saver.

 

Quick tips

  • Shade windows externally in summer
  • Insulate - ceiling, underfloor and walls
  • Ventilate in summer - use cross flow ventilation from windows and turn on fans before an air-conditioner
  • Draft proof in winter - including using heaving curtains and filling drafty 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 - ask your electrician for VEET scheme discounts
  • Switch retailers to get a better rate
  • Borrow a Powermate lite from your local library

At Home

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, shading or choosing GreenPower on your electricity account to reduce emissions.  Download The Victorian Green Renters Guide.

 

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.

 

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

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

Your Say Bright Futures Renewable Energy

Your Energy Savings - includes how to read your electricity bill

Positive Charge

Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Sustainability Victoria  

Good Environmental Choice Australia 

Green Building Council of Australia

Sustainable living facts sheets from Clean Up Australia Day

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

Federal Department of Environment

 

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