Saving Energy

 

SAVING ENERGY 

Recent electricity price increases and proposed further increases are driving many electricity customers to take steps to reduce consumption and install renewable energy. 
Some of the most significant challenges for government, business and the community, are 
increasing concerns over climate change, 
managing energy supply to meet growing demand levels, and 
reducing the environmental impacts associated with energy use 

Government at all levels are taking action to reduce energy consumption and to cut greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of non renewable energy sources. 
Just by taking simple actions around your home or business, you too can save money and help to protect our environment.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to provide the same service or achieve the same result. It’s about doing things smarter. From turning off appliances to using cold water in your washing machine, there are many simple things you can do to save energy in the home or office. To find out more visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage or Do Something's Energy Cut Business Program

Here are some of Council’s energy smart tips: 
Wait for a full load in the dishwasher or washing machine  
Shorter showers and replace electric hot water systems with solar hot water.  
Replace light bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting 
Only heat or cool areas of your home that you are using.   
Set your heating/cooling a couple of degrees warmer in summer and colder in winter  
Reduce drafts by closing vents and draft stoppers under doors  
Install ceiling insulation  
Get rid of that almost empty second fridge  
Receive energy efficiency tips - ‘Like’ our Dubbo Sustainable City  Facebook page 
Find out how much energy your household uses – grab a ‘Save Power Kit’ from the Macquarie Regional Library  
Understand how to read your household electricity bills and meter.

RENEWABLE ENERGY 

Renewable energy is energy which is generated from natural sources (e.g. sun, wind, water, biomass).  These are generally unlimited and are the cleanest sources of energy available. The most practical way for the average household to contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gases created during the production of electricity is to purchase renewable or ‘green’ energy from your electricity provider. For a few extra dollars per bill, your electricity provider will purchase energy produced from a renewable source on your behalf. For more information visit Green Power. Alternatively you may wish to investigate installing solar energy, such as solar hot water or solar panels, at home or the office, with further information being available at:

NSW Department of Industry-Resources & Energy 
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) 
Australian Government Clean Energy Regulator - Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme 
Clean Energy Council 
Australian Government’s Green Vehicle Guide


DUBBO REGIONAL COUNCIL ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Council has committed to reducing its energy consumption and has developed an Energy Strategy, Implementation Plan, and a revolving Energy Fund to assist Council facilities to be more energy efficient, and to adopt renewable energy. In addition, Council’s Sustainability Team, formed in 2011, helps to lead behavioural change, such as energy conservation, across Council.  

Key energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives implemented by Council across have included: 
Electricity and emissions monitoring - E21 software
Energy audits – 20 Council facilities 
Lighting and air conditioning upgrades, ceiling insulation, skylights, replacement hot water systems, lighting timers and sensors  
Renewable Energy Feasibility Study – Victoria Park Precinct
Solar pool heating - kid’s pool, Dubbo Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Solar PV systems - 13 facilities, including Western Plains Cultural Centre’s 70kW system
Monitoring of solar energy production - Western Plains Cultural Centre & Dubbo Macquarie Regional Library using Sunny Portal  (search Dubbo, 2830)
Hybrid vehicles within small fleet
Use of biodiesel within large fleet
Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2011
Annual Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Festival – community education 

 

Last Edited: 26 May 2017