Low-Carbon Living

The Australian Government's Living Greener website has lots of resources to support low carbon living as well as environmentally responsible lifestyles in general. Here you can find useful information and tips about saving energy from the Living Greener website.

Power prices
Electricity and gas costs form a large part of household bills. You may feel you don't have much control over these costs, but you have the power to reduce your bills. Individual behaviour and the choices we make have a bigger impact on our bills than most of us think.
Renewable energy
Renewable energy systems use sources like solar, wind and hydro (water) to generate power. The most common renewable energy systems used for Australian homes are solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines.
Energy efficiency in the home
Energy-efficient home design, features, appliances and habits all contribute to making your household cheaper to run without sacrificing comfort. Whether renting, buying, selling, building or renovating, there are lots of things you can do.
Heating and cooling
Most Australian homes need heating or cooling at some time of the year. In some areas this accounts for up to 40 per cent of total household energy use. There are many ways you can make your home cheaper to run and remain comfortable all year round.
Insulation acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, particularly in ceilings, walls and floors. It helps to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.
Energy-efficient lighting
In recent years energy use for household lighting in Australia has rapidly increased. Most households can reduce the amount of energy they use for lighting by making smarter lighting choices and moving to more efficient technologies.
Energy-efficient appliances
Appliances can account for up to 30 per cent of your home energy use. As our reliance on electrical appliances increases and energy prices also go up, selecting energy-efficient products becomes more important.

Hot water systems
Reducing the amount of hot water you use and using a more efficient hot water system are great ways to reduce your energy costs and your impact on the environment.
Solar hot water systems
Solar hot water systems take advantage of Australia's supply of sunshine and use solar energy to heat water for household use.
Gas hot water systems
Gas hot water systems use either mains gas (natural gas or reticulated gas) if it is available or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) from cylinders.
Heat pump hot water systems
Electric heat pumps are an efficient type of storage water heater that extracts heat from the environment to heat water.
Building and renovating for energy efficiency
Often the best time to think about ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home is when you're building a new home or renovating.


Fast Living Greener Facts:

Water heating accounts for almost a quarter of household energy use.

Every degree lower a fridge or freezer is set needs 5 per cent more energy. Ideal is fridge between 3 - 4 degrees C and freezer between -15 & -18 degrees C.

Up to 10 per cent of the electricity used in your home is consumed by gadgets plugged in but not in use, like your TV, mobile phone charger, MP3 docks and stereos.

A large screen TV used 6 hours a day can generate around half a tonne of greenhouse gases a year - more than a family fridge.

Electrical appliances account for up to 30 per cent of your home energy use.

It's estimated that there are 16 million unused mobile phones stored in cupboards and drawers in Australia.
Emissions from the waste sector were 2.5 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions in 2008.

On average Australians throw away around 20 million tonnes of waste per year.

When food and garden wastes decompose in landfill, methane is created. Methane is a more damaging greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

The average amount of solar energy that falls on Australia is about 15,000 times the amount of energy Australians use each year.