Save power and reduce your impact
Saving power means saving money and reducing your impact on our climate. You can learn more about saving power and reducing your greenhouse gas emissions with these resources and programs:
- Installing solar - all you need to know about installing solar in the Woollahra area.
- Apartment and Strata energy saving - advice and projects for strata buildings in Woollahra area.
- Switching to GreenPower - reduces your emissions and helps to support the renewable energy sector in Australia.
- Government subsidies - current subsidies to support your power saving switch.
- Resources - links to online guides for solar, energy saving and home sustainability.
Government subsidies and incentives
Save energy by installing LED lights
The NSW Government has launched the Energy Savings Scheme to help households replace old lights with new LED lights. The cost of the LED lights and the fee for installation is subsidised through an upfront discount from the installer.
As LED lights use only a fraction of the energy of incandescent or halogen lights, upgrading your home lights to LEDs is an easy, low cost way to save money. For example, if you change 20 halogen downlights to LED downlights, you can save up to $210 a year on energy costs and even more on maintenance as LEDs last longer.
Head over to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Household Rebates website and enter your post code to find an approved supplier in your area. Approved suppliers for the Energy Savings Scheme are known as Accredited Certificate Suppliers.
Accessing the offer
When you contact an approved supplier, they will assess your lighting needs either by phone or by in-person visit and give you a quote. When you receive a quote, the lighting offer discount should be clearly displayed. If it isn’t, you should request that it be included.
You will need to make a minimum payment for the lighting upgrade. For households, the minimum is $30 + GST. You may be required to pay more, depending on the design of your home and the services the supplier provides. It’s a good idea to request quotes from more than one supplier, to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
Get the upgrade
Your supplier will send a licensed electrician to install the new lights. Old light globes, or any other equipment that is removed or replaced, will be recycled or disposed of by the supplier. This is to ensure that old, inefficient equipment is not used elsewhere.
Switch to GreenPower
One of the simplest actions you can take to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions is to ensure the electricity you use is sourced from renewable energy by switching to GreenPower.
GreenPower certified renewable energy can be purchased through one of the more than 20 accredited GreenPower providers. Choosing the 100% GreenPower option from your provider means the money you spend on electricity goes towards building new renewable energy projects.
You can get GreenPower for your home, common areas in apartment buildings and businesses. If you’re not on a 100% GreenPower plan, check the GreenPower website or call your provider and ask for the best deal. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
How vegetation can cool your home
Establishing shade trees on your property now will help your home and garden stay cool during the hotter and longer summers that are expected as the climate warms.
This Fact Sheet provides tips to help you decide what to plant where in your garden.
This video with presenters from Macquarie University’s Which Plant Where team gives a comprehensive understanding of how to use plants and other methods to cool your home.
These non-profit groups have a wide range of resources step-by-step guides to support your energy saving projects.
- Clean Energy Council - free online resources and guides designed to help you install solar power and batteries, select quality products and accredited installers.
- Australian Energy Foundation - free online information guides on a range of topics such as installing solar, choosing and air-conditioner, reducing your heating and cooling costs and selecting a new hot water system.
- Renew - online resources, booklets and magazines on topics such as solar and batteries and renovating for sustainability.