environment & waste
Energy Use and Savings
environment & waste
Energy Use and Savings
Ways to reduce your energy bills, tips and more.

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.


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.

Building Resilience

This 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.

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.

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Solar Homes

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 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.

Live Solar Monitoring

Facility Name Solar system size kWp $ predicted savings per year Tonnes avoided pa
Council Managed Facilities
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 Facilities
Community and 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
Total 252 $49,826 341

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

Small Business Energy Saver Program by Sustainability Victoria

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:

  • have 1 to 19 employees
  • have a commercial (non-residential) premises
  • is not available for primary producers in agriculture

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:

  • replace inefficient electric hot water systems
  • replace inefficient gas hot water systems
  • upgrade to efficient room reverse cycle air-conditioners
  • install energy efficient refrigerator display cabinets
  • install energy efficient fridges and freezers
  • install energy efficient refrigeration and ventilation fans and motors
  • install water efficient pre-rinse spray valves.

The bonus is in addition to the energy efficiency upgrade discounts through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

If you are a small business operating out of a rented or leased premises, you must first ensure that you are authorised to have installation activities carried out at the premises.

More information is on the Small Business Energy Saver website.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021