Energy at home

  • Fit compact fluorescent light bulbs - they pay for themselves in a year, last up to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs and save more than 66 per cent in lighting costs during their lifetime.
  • Fit draft excluders to windows and doors.
  • Shut doors so you only heat or cool the rooms you are using.
  • Turn off appliances at the wall when you're not using them - standby uses up to five per cent of household energy.


  • In winter, turn down heating and put on a jumper instead.
  • Install solar hot water - it will give you free, and carbon-free, hot water and pay for itself in a few years. Natural gas is another alternative that can halve your emissions.
  • Avoid driving to work - take the train, catch a bus, walk, cycle or carpool with a colleague or neighbour.
  • Holiday closer to home - Australia has some of the world's best restaurants, resorts, beaches and natural scenery.


Energy at home

  • Combine local errands in one trip. Car engines are least efficient while warming up and in urban traffic, so short trips are relatively more polluting.
  • Plant a tree in your garden to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Waste at home

  • Compost food scraps to turn them into fertiliser for your garden instead of sending them to landfill.
  • Use your recycling bin.
  • Visit - a great site that tells you how and where to recycle just about anything.
  • Contact your local council to find out what recycling services they offer for larger electronic and electrical products.
  • Buy second-hand.



  • Opt for products with minimal packaging where possible.
  • Choose concentrated products or refillable containers.
  • When you’re buying fruit and vegetables, pop them straight into your trolley rather than plastic bags.
  • Give unwanted clothes, household items, furniture or appliances to family or friends, or donate them to charities.
  • Use washed takeaway containers to store frozen food.

Water at home

  • Fit a water-saving showerhead - from around $20, it can more than halve the hot water you use.
  • Fit water-saving tap filters and put in the plug when you wash hands or rinse dishes.
  • Use a small bucket or container to catch the initial cold water from your shower or taps, then use it on your plants.
  • Make your garden water-wise by mulching (which reduces evaporation) and planting native plants and drought-resistant lawns.
  • Wait until your dishwasher and washing machines are full before running them.
  • Use a pool cover.


  • Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth.
  • Install a rainwater tank.
  • Collect greywater from your washing machine, dishwasher, sinks, showers and bathtubs and use it on the garden.
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