Save energy

2a14beb1aee2d71c6fecb12f25c690f7_XLWhat you can do now…

  • Walk or cycle for short trips and share rides where possible.
  • Switch off lights, appliances and equipment when they are not in use.
  • Install energy efficient lights and compact fluorescent lamps throughout your home.
  • Use a clothes line to dry clothes.
  • Save on heating and cooling costs by insulating, draught sealing and shading.
  • Cut hot water usage by installing water efficient showerheads, taking shorter showers and using cold water when washing clothes.
  • Catch public transportation where possible.
  • Drive smarter. For example turnoff the engine while waiting, drive at a moderate, steady speed.
  • When it’s possible, carpool or share rides to conserve fuel.
  • Don’t overcool or overheat your home. For most efficient energy use, set your heaters and air conditioners to between 18-21°C in winter and 23-26°C in summer.
  • Use wood heaters more efficiently (eg. use wood that is aged and dry and don’t let fires smoulder overnight).
  • Participate in Griffith’s Action on Air events.

What you can do in the future…

  • Buy water efficient products that display the Water WELS rating label.
  • When replacing appliances try to buy appliances with the highest Energy Star Rating. The more stars, the more energy efficient the device.
  • Support renewable energy by installing solar hot water and solar photovoltaic systems on your home.
  • Make your next car smaller and more fuel efficient.
  • Insualte your home during construction or renovation of your home.
  • Plant a tree which can absorb greenhouse gases and also provide a buffer to wind and sunlight into your home.
  • When building a new home use BASIX. The BASIX program is a free online program that ensures that new homes are designed to use less water energy.