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 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.
The NSW Government has recently announced a new initiative to help residents and small business save energy and money, including discounted energy efficient lighting, appliance replacement program, energy rebates, free training and webinars for business. To find out more visit Energy NSW
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.
Alternatively, visit Energy NSW, or Business Energy Advice Program websites for more energy smart information.
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:
• Energy NSW
• Australian Government Clean Energy Regulator - Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme
• Clean Energy Council- Guides and information on what you should know about buying and installing solar and battery storage systems. Plus tools to find a Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer or Accredited Installer.
• 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 PV systems - 16 facilities, including solar installations at the Western Plains Cultural Centre (70kW), Hawthorne Street Depot (20 kW), and Barden Park (12 kW).
- 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
- NRMA and Tesla EV charging stations installed at Western Plains Cultural Centre in 2019
Last Edited: 08 Jan 2020