Take Action

Take Action

Taking action on climate change is everyone’s responsibility and the more you do the more it will inspire others to get involved. A great place to start is energy use in the home – most households have the opportunity to reduce energy bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase home comfort.

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Energy efficiency tips
How much energy are you and your appliances using?
Household support
Rebates
Household solar
GreenPower and energy offers
Sustainable transport
Food, consumption and waste
Environmental Champions Program
Your power to advocate

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Energy efficiency tips

To keep your energy costs low and ‘Go 5’, our top tips are:    

1. Set your thermostat to 18-20°C in winter and 24-26°C in summer. Every degree higher in winter or lower in summer will cost you 10% more on your bills.

2. Draught proof and seal gaps around windows and doors.

3. Install low flow showerheads to save up to $110 a year on hot water costs.

4. Wash your clothes in cold water and dry them on a clothes line, to save up to $150 per year on your electricity costs.       

5. Switch appliances off at the switch, to save up to $50 by cutting standby power use.

You can read Council's Energy_Saving_Fact_Sheet.pdf or visit the Australian Government Your Energy Savings web page and Sustainability Victoria's energy saving web page for more tips.

How much energy are you and your appliances using?

Are you a high, average or low energy user? Compare your usage, found on your latest electricity bill, to the simple consumption chart below. Aim to reduce electricity use to 5 kWh of electricity per person per day - or better! This is based on what is achievable for most Victorians.

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Power-Mates are an Australian invention and are simple to use. They give you a reading of the energy, running costs and greenhouse gas emissions of individual appliances around your home and in your business – helping you to identify how you can save.

You can borrow a Power-Mate by visiting any Hume library branch or visiting Hume Libraries online. You can also download and print the following:

   

Household support

The Victorian Government's Energy Saver Incentive offers discounts and special deals on selected energy-saving products for households and businesses, including lighting, hot water heating, insulation, heating and cooling and pool pumps. For further information, including a list of accredited installers (‘participants’) in your area, visit the Victorian Energy Saver web page.

Rebates

Rebates and assistance are available from the Australian Government and state and territory governments for energy efficiency upgrades such as heating, whitegoods and appliances. To find rebates that apply to you, visit the Australian Government's Your Energy Savings rebate web page.

Household solar

With more and more Australian households ‘going solar’ and rebates available through the Victorian Government's Solar Homes Program, now is a great time to consider installing solar.  

Read the Solar Power and You.pdf  fact sheet to find out more. Please do not remove trees to install solar panels - see the Fact Sheet for more information.

For further information, visit the Clean Energy Council's frequently asked questions web page.

GreenPower and energy offers

GreenPower is a government accredited program to enable you to choose to purchase electricity from renewable sources. Further information is available from the Green Power website.

To find electricity, gas and solar offers for all energy retailers to help you save money on your energy bills, visit Victorian Energy Compare web page. Jemena, the electricity distributor in the Hume area, provides a free online Electricity Outlook portal to allow households to track their daily electricity use and solar generation.

Sustainable transport

Transport is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. You can help the environment by committing to a sustainable transport mode for one or more days per week. Walking, cycling and public transport are the main forms of green travel, but shortening and combining car trips, regular car tuning, or driving a car that runs on cleaner fuel are also green alternatives.

For more information visit Council's Transport webpages Environment and Transport and Trains Buses and Taxis.

Food, consumption and waste

The things we eat, buy and dispose of as waste can also result in greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Some ways to reduce these impacts include:

  • Eating less red meat and dairy foods (cows and sheep produce methane a potent greenhouse gas
  • Choose local foods and those that are less processed  
  • Buy energy-using products with the most stars as possible – they will be cheaper and more efficient to run
  • Buy durable products that will last  
  • Compost or worm farm your food scraps or use a Council green waste bin
  • Reduce food waste by planning meals and buying only what you need.

 

Environmental Champions program

If you’d like to get involved and work on your own environmental project locally, Council runs a free leadership training program to work with the community and do something good for the environment.  Full details, including application dates, are available on the Enviro Champions web page.

Your power to advocate

In addition to saving energy at home and your workplace, switching to renewable energy, and reducing your private car use, you can contribute to tackling climate change by:

Download a copy of Take Action.pdf.
For further information contact Hume’s Sustainable Environment Department on 9205 2200.

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Updated : 2:43 PM, 26 August 2019

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