Top ten tips
1. Make a power pledge
The Power Pledge tool is an interactive online tool developed by the NSW government that allows you to create a personal action plan to save power, money and carbon pollution.
2. Switch to renewable energy for your homes electricity
Visit the Green Power website to find out more about switching all or a percentage of your homes electricity to a renewable energy provider.
3. Install a solar hot water system
Installing a solar hot water system can greatly reduce your water heating costs and reduce your households impact on the environment.
4. Shop for energy and water efficiency appliances
Appliances can account for to 30 per cent of your home's energy requirements, energy efficiency appliances will save you money and reduce your impact on the environment visit the government's energy rating and water rating website for help understanding energy and water efficiency labeling and find guides on how to shop for energy and water efficiency appliances.
Try to prevent sending as much material to landfill as possible, your council may pick up some recyclable as part of roadside pickup services but there are also a wide range of method to recycle many types of waste from corks to washing machines. Check out the recycling near you website for more information.
6. Shop for re-used and recycled goods
By buying re-used or recycled goods you are preventing them from going into landfill. You are also saving the environment from the impact of exacting and processing the raw material a new product would require and the impact of its manufacturing and transport.
7. Improve your watering practices
There are a number of ways you can save water in the garden. You could use recycled or captured rainwater. Installing or upgrade an automatic watering system, drip irrigation is the most efficient watering system installing soil moisture sensors will also reduce the amount of water you use. Planting a drought resistant native garden is a great way to save on water bills it can also reduce the amount of time you need to spend tending to your garden.
8. Draught-proof your home
Eliminating draughts can reduce your homes heating and cooling cost by up to 25%. Seal up gaps and cracks around doors and windows and use draught stoppers at the base of doors.
9. Drive Less
Driving less and driving less aggressively will save you money and lower your carbon footprint. For short trips think about walking or riding a bike, this will not only reduce your impact on the environment and save you money but it could improve your health as well.
10. Start a worm Farm
A worm farm is a great way to reduce the amount of waste your household sends to landfill, Worm farms also create fertiliser you can use on your garden or pot plants.