Savage Garden, Plant Life and D.I.G aren’t just musical acts: they’re also the names given to some of the edible gardens in the eastern suburbs as part of an urban farming movement in our backyards and on our balconies.Read more
Albert Einstein said, “in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”
As carbon concentrations increase, so does the rate of climate change. Call it a crisis or emergency, it’s hard to stay positive while glaciers disappear, fires rage, and drought extends across our land.Read more
There’s plenty of hype about electric vehicles (EVs); understandably, since we’re on the brink of a motoring transformation in Australia with more models hitting our streets and EVs gain popularity.Read more
Let’s face it – we are a plug-in society. Plug in your laptop to connect to the world. Plug in earphones to escape it. Plug in to communicate, entertain and cook. So why not plug in to drive too?Read more
Did you know, Australia has more solar-powered homes per capita than any other country in the world? Five thousand of those are in the Eastern Suburbs. Winning!
Interest in solar is not surprising given technology prices are the lowest we’ve seen, our community’s increasing appetite to take climate action, and who doesn’t love lower energy bills?!
Even with all these benefits, going solar can still be a tricky purchasing decision. Let’s tackle five common curly questions.Read more
Heroes don’t always wear capes. They are usually amongst us, doing their bit to make this world a better place. You’re probably one of them…!Read more
Council has engaged the Australian Energy Foundation to provide you with simple household energy advice you can trust.
The energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home energy-efficient. From solar to pool pump controllers, they can provide advice on all areas of your home, helping you make an informed decision.
They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy-efficient. They conduct a rigorous procurement process so that you can buy with ease and confidence.
Areas they can help with include:
- Solar Panels and Battery Storage
- Insulation & Draught Proofing
- LED Lighting
- Hot Water Heat Pumps
- Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners
- Home Energy Assessments
- Pool Pump Controllers
- Window films
- Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website to learn about all the things you can do in your home.
- Contact one of their energy advisors on 1300 23 68 55 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get a quote for your home. Visit aef.com.au
Why did Council engage the Australian Energy Foundation?
A group of eight Sydney Councils worked together with Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils to develop Our Energy Future: The Renewable Energy Master Plan. The ultimate goal of this plan is to significantly increase the proportion of energy consumed in the area that is derived from renewable sources. The plan identified a need for a community energy advisory service, to help local residents reduce their energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. The Australian Energy Foundation was selected to provide that service for the councils.
Who is the Australian Energy Foundation?
The Australian Energy Foundation is a for purpose organisation, leading the way to an equitable zero carbon society. They accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action. The AEF receives a small commission from the suppliers that they refer you to if you purchase from them. This allows them to continue running the energy advice services and supports their projects working with vulnerable Australians, to ensure no one is left behind in the transition to renewable energy. Every effort is made to ensure that they only select trustworthy suppliers and proven, reliable products and services. Read more about AEF.
With recent electricity prices soaring up to 30-40 per cent for many residents, it’s no surprise that solar power is on homeowners’ minds. Making free green energy on your own rooftop helps take back control of power bills.
With the highest rates of household solar power installation in the world, Australian’s are living up to their reputation as ‘sun-lovers’. Around 1.7 million Aussie homes now have rooftop solar, and numbers are growing. Low prices, climate change awareness, quality systems and killer bills are driving factors in this rooftop revolution.
Thinking about getting a slice of the sun-kissed action to reduce your energy bills? Check out these facts to help make your decision.Read more
Save hundreds of dollars off your home electricity bills (and help save the planet) with these 10 simple tips.Read more
This March marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, a global initiative for raising awareness on climate change and ways to combat it. While progress has been slow, climate-friendly living has never been easier and more cost-effective now with low-carbon home solutions on our doorstep.
Better yet, these cheaper technologies today also mean bigger dollar savings for people doing the right thing: "The beauty is that the desire for low bills and low environmental impact now lead to the same answer - energy efficiency and solar," says Damien Moyse, Energy Projects and Policy Manager at the Alternative Technology Association.
There is still huge potential to grab these benefits locally, since our homes are getting more energy-hungry. Electricity demand in our area climbed last year, according to recent Ausgrid data. Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs also has one of the lowest uptakes of rooftop solar power compared to other regions nationally.
So as Earth Hour asks populations worldwide to ‘switch off’, consider switching to these alternatives to shrink your carbon footprint and boost your bank balance over the long-term. Let’s make that second nature!Read more