Tips to reduce your footprint and save money

Your ecological footprint is how much land is needed to support your lifestyle. Some handy tips on how to reduce your ecological footprint and save money can be found here.

Your ecological footprint is how much land is needed to support your lifestyle. Australia has one of the largest ecological footprints in the world, at 6.6 hectares per person. The average household emits 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, making up more than 50% of the nations footprint. A fun way to check your footprint is with the WWF Footprint calculator and some facts and figures on energy usage can be found here.

Some handy tips on how to reduce your ecological footprint and save money are given below. More tips and rebate information can be found at the NSW Government's Save Power and Living Thing websites and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. For information on the Federal Government's carbon price go to Clean Energy Future website.

Save energy and lower power bills

  • Have your air conditioner set between 18-21oC in winter and 23-26oC in summer
  • Switch off appliances at the power point when not in use
  • Install a solar hot water system
  • Put solar panels on your roof
  • Purchase green power from your electricity provider
  • Switch off lights when not in use
  • Save on heating by closing off rooms you're not using
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Switch to time-of-use (TOU) metering

Save water

  • Take shorter showers
  • Fit water efficient taps an showerheads
  • Install a rainwater tank
  • Mulch the garden
  • Select water efficient appliances

Reduce waste

  • Recycle
  • Set up a composting system and/or worm farm at home
  • Before you buy, ask yourself 'do I really need this?'
  • Buy products with the least amount of packaging

Eat green

  • Grow your own
  • Buy local produce sold locally, e.g. farmers markets
  • Buy organic

Travel clean

  • Carpool
  • Walk or ride a bike
  • Use public transport
  • When buying a new car consider the fuel efficiency
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