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There are hundreds of ways to save resources and most of them only require a small change in the things we do.

Together, these small changes can add up to a big difference.


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Did you know that Australians use approximately four times more energy per person than the world average? The average Australian family burns about eight kilograms of coal each day in electricity usage. But cutting that back can be as easy as flicking a switch.


  • Energy

    Australians have the highest greenhouse gas emissions per person among OECD countries, but almost 7.2 million of us are taking steps to limit our personal electricity use.

  • Waste

    Despite being the best recyclers in the world, each Australian household still generates an estimated 1.5 tonnes of waste each year. Find out what you can do beyond putting the papers out for collection.

  • Water

    Each year Australian households consume the equivalent to four times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour. There are plenty of ways we can cut excessive water consumption in the home.


Work

Energy and water are essential for the efficient operation of almost every workplace in Australia. For some industries, they are the major inputs, for others they create the environment necessary to maximise our productivity. In either case, we can each make a real contribution to sustainability just by being smarter about water, waste and energy in our workplaces.


  • Energy

    Inefficiencies from poor insulation, temperature control, standby or idle appliances, drafts or excess lighting cause significant wastage of energy in buildings. See how you can make small changes to energy efficiency at work.

  • Waste

    From 1997 to 2012, waste generation in Australia increased by 145%. While half of this waste is recovered, there are simple ways we can improve the result.

  • Water

    A moderate sized building typically consumes more than 7 million litres per year – enough to supply 40 average homes. By making simple changes, it is possible to reduce water usage in offices by 30-40%.


School

Did you know that Australians are the second highest producers of waste in the world, second only to the United State, with each of us sending over 690 kilograms of waste to landfill each year? That’s enough to cover Victoria in garbage every 12 months.


  • Energy

    Most energy used in schools is for heating and cooling, lighting and powering equipment. Just by making a few small changes and working together, you can help reduce your school's carbon footprint.

  • Waste

    Reduce, reuse and recycle. They are the keys to reducing the amount of waste generated at your school and what ends up polluting the playground and the world at large.

  • Water

    Water is used at school to keep us clean and watered, and to do the same for our school environment. But we can make small changes that will make the planet even greener.