10 ways to reduce your impact at home
1. Flick off the switch
Turn off appliances when you’re not using them and switch off lights when you leave the room (unless there’s someone still in there, of course).
2. A whole new light
Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 80% less energy last up to 8 times longer than conventional light bulbs
3. Count the stars
Compare Energy Rating labels before you buy an appliance. Your appliances will return the favour with lower energy costs.
4. Think pink
Installing ceiling insulation will minimise your heating and cooling costs for years to come
5. Be cool
Start your air conditioner before it gets hot and don’t overcool – decreasing the thermostat by even one degree can have a big impact on running costs.
6. Dress for the season
Choosing appropriate clothing in winter and summer reduces our need for heating and cooling
7. Be water wise
Treating and transporting drinking water to our homes consumes energy. Plant ‘water wise’ gardens and mulch your garden to minimise water use.
8. Reduce, reuse and recycle
The domestic waste we generate has a large impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce, reuse and recycle whenever you can
9. Buy local
Transporting food and other products consumes a lot of fuel. Wherever you can, try to buy from farmers markets and other local providers
10. Go Green
Most electricity retailers offer a green option allowing you to source your energy from renewable sources. For less than $1 per day, you could reduce your household emissions to zero