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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 from the Australian Energy Foundation or the Victorian Energy Saver program.

 

Quick tips

  • Save money on the installation of energy-efficient products, reduce your energy bill and help the environment by getting involved in the Victorian Energy Upgrades
  • Shade windows externally in summer
  • Insulate - ceiling, underfloor and walls
  • Ventilate in summer - use cross flow ventilation from windows and turn on fans before air-conditioning
  • Draft proof for winter - use heavy curtains and pelmets, and block drafts under doors
  • 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 VEEC 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 draught proofing, shading or choosing GreenPower on your electricity account to reduce emissions.

The Victorian Green Renters Guide

 

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.

 

East Gippsland Solar Bulk Buy

The East Gippsland Shire Solar Bulk Buy program closed in July 2019.  It saw 62 small scale solar photovoltaic systems installed, totalling 322 kWh. In addition eight batteries totalling 38.4 kWh were also installed.  For every system sold a percentage was donated to install solar on a local community facility.

The not-for-profit Cann Valley Bush Nursing Centre received a 3.4kW solar system valued at about $4,000. (The total system size installed on 27 May 2020 was 10kW, with the bush nursing centre self-funding the difference to upgrade the system to better account for their daily electricity consumption).

"The Cann River Bush Nursing Centre was selected on the strength of its application from a field of 31 other local not-for-profits located in the municipality," Mayor Cr John White said.

Energy efficiency upgrades are recommended before installing solar.

 

Solar Homes rebate program

Homeowners and now renters may be eligible to install a solar panel system and get a significant reduction via a rebate.

The Victorian Government program called Solar Homes, is now providing the following significant rebates:

• Solar panel rebate

• Solar hot water rebate

• Solar battery rebate

• Solar panels for renters

There are also a 4 year zero interest loan if the upfront cost is unaffordable. Make sure to do your homework and be wary of scams. Contact Solar Homes www.solar.vic.gov.au 

for more information.

 

Live solar monitoring

Check out the links below to see the live solar monitoring:

Council managed:

Solar system size kWp

$ predicted savings per year

CO2 tonnes avoided pa

Lakes Entrance Visitor Information Centre

15

$3,687

21

Mallacoota service centre and booking office

8

$2,157

13

Lakes Entrance service centre

15

$3,200

21

Orbost service centre

10

$3,400

14

Business Centre Omeo

17

$2,385

13

Pyke Street Office

13

$2,652

21

Paynesville service centre

40

$9,319

52

Lakes Entrance Aquadome

45

$5,059

74

The Forge

11

$2,000

15

Bairnsdale Library

10

$2,444

15

Main Corporate Centre

26

$3,600

28

Community operated and managed:

Community & Education Hub

7

$1,356

10

East Gippsland Art Gallery

5

$1,390

8

AJ Freeman Reserve

10

$2,610

7

Bairnsdale City Oval

10

$2,444

15

Squash and Table Tennis

6

$858

7

East Gippsland Historic Society

5

$1,265

7

Totals   

252

$49,826

341

 

 Some sites have been combined into a multiple sites combined live display.

 

Links

Your Say Bright Futures Renewable Energy

East Gippsland Solar Bulk Buy

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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