Reducing your energy use will not only help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions but, with energy prices continuing to increase, can save you money too.
Some simple ways to save energy include:
- Switching off lights and appliances when not in use
- Choosing energy efficient appliances
- Reducing heating and cooling needs through passive-solar design or retrofit
- Choosing active or public transport over using the car
- Planting local native plants to provide shade
- Using the cold water setting on your washing machine
- Hanging clothes outside to dry instead of using the dryer.
Renewable energy systems use energy sources such as the wind/sun to reduce (or even end) your reliance on polluting non-renewable sources like gas or electricity from coal-powered plants. Whilst they can seem expensive upfront, when you factor in how much they will save you over the life of the system, they can be very cost effective.
We all have a role to play in minimising air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the use of our motor vehicles.
Fuel efficient driving minimises air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, but also has the added benefit of lowering your overall vehicle running costs and encouraging safer driving behaviours.
Tips for Fuel Efficient Driving:
- Cruise at a reduced speed where possible
- Minimise accelerating and braking
- Change up through the gears as soon as practical
- Only use air conditioning when necessary
- Don’t warm up or idle your engine
- Fill your fuel tank only to the first click of the fuel nozzle
- Keep your tyre pressure up to the recommended figure
- Remove unnecessary weight and roof racks
- Service your car regularly.
For more information view a short video on eco-driving by the Royal Automotive Club (RAC).
If you're interested in finding out more ways of reducing energy use in your home, why not use one of our home energy assessment toolkits?
The toolkit has everything you need to check if your home is wasting energy on heating or cooling and how much your appliances are really costing you (especially when left on standby!). You can also time your showers to see how much energy and water you're using.
Included in the kit:
- Window thermometer
- Infrared thermometer
- Indoor thermometer
- Powermate Lite
- Kitchen timer
- Instruction manual.
Why not measure your energy use and challenge your family to reduce as much as possible, then re-measure to check on your progress? Youll be surprised how easy it is to make big savings for your pocket and the planet!
Please contact your local City of Melville library to borrow the toolkit – you will need to be a City of Melville library member.
Take advantage of the subsidies and rebates the City of Melville is offering to help get your started on your energy-saving journey!