Download the Smart Living Guide for East Gippsland residents.
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 Building Resilience booklet has been developed for East Gippsland homeowners, businesses and residents. It summarises the existing large volume of information into the most relevant risks and actions that can be undertaken.
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.
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:
There are also a four 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.
Victorian small businesses can receive up to $2000 to install energy-efficient business equipment at their workplace. By switching to energy-saving equipment upgrades offered by the Small Business Energy Saver program, businesses can save on annual energy operational costs.
The Small Business Energy Saver Program provides a bonus for small businesses, discounting the cost to upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment. Small business owners can use the savings from reduced energy bills to focus on growing their business while reducing emissions.
To be eligible small businesses must:
The $5 million program by Sustainability Victoria assists small businesses to implement upgrades which will lower their operational costs.
The equipment upgrades eligible for the bonus include to replace inefficient:
It can also be used to install efficient:
The bonus is in addition to the discounts through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.
If you are a small business but do not own your property, you need to ensure you are authorised to have installation activities carried out at the premises.
More information is on the Small Business Energy Saver website.
Electric vehicle charging stations are being installed in public carparks across East Gippsland.
Council has secured federal and state government funding to install seven fast chargers with the rollout to be completed by June 2023.
The aim is to support the uptake of electric vehicles and encourage tourism across our region.
All electric vehicle charging stations installed by Council will source 100 per cent renewable electricity as part of VECO.
Stage one is funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program and will see a 50kW fast charger installed in the following towns:
• Bairnsdale: 101-121 Nicholson Street
• Omeo: Tongio Road parallel carpark opposite the Council depot
• Orbost: 5 Wolseley Street carpark
• Cann River: Ward Street park
Stage two is funded by a Victorian Government matched funding Destination Charging Across Victoria (DCAV) grant and will see 50kW fast chargers installed by May 2023 in Mallacoota, Buchan and Lakes Entrance.
These chargers will be installed by June 2023 as part of planned streetscape upgrades.
More information, see DCAV.
A fast charger allows an electric vehicle to charge the battery in approximately an hour. When two cars are both plugged in at the same time it takes up to twice as long.
Council will install 50kW DC chargers with CCS2 and CHAdeMO dual plugs. These will fit most electric vehicles.
There are also private companies working with Council to install EV charging stations on public land for private electric vehicle users in Paynesville, Lakes Entrance, Cann River and Bruthen.
• Placement of EV chargers is determined by:
• Carpark type (ideally two 90-degree adjacent carparks)
• Access to three-phase electricity
• Capacity in the grid
• Proximity to amenities such as public toilets, cafes, shops and parks.