Whitehorse City Council

Saving Energy

Energy-efficient Appliances

Appliances can use 25% of your home's energy. Choosing an energy efficient fridge, dishwasher and washing machine saves electricity and money.

Heating and Cooling

With passive design you can reduce your heating and cooling needs. Choosing the right heating or cooling system saves money when you do need to use it. 


A well-insulated home can reduce your heating and cooling bills and help you to be more comfortable all year round. 


Using natural light and switching to more efficient lights can reduce your lighting costs by up to 80%. 

Heat Pump Hot Water

Heat pump hot water systems use heat from the air to heat water. They use around one quarter of the electricity of a normal storage hot water system. 

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is generated from the sun, wind and water. Switching to renewable energy reduces your environmental impact. 

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

RECs are an electronic currency you could receive with your small scale energy system. You can use them to reduce the cost of the system or trade them.

Solar Hot Water

Solar hot water systems use the sun to heat water. With a solar hot water system, you could get between 50 and 90% of your hot water for free. 

Solar Power

Solar power systems use photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into energy. You can generate your own energy at home and save on your power bills.

Quick Tips to Cool Global Warming

    • Walk, cycle or use public transport
    • Choose greenhouse friendly products or services to help minimise the impact of consumer goods and services on global warming
    • Cut hot water consumption by washing clothes in cold water and by fitting a water-efficient shower head
    • Add insulation to indoor/covered electric hot water units
    • Close windows and doors in heated areas
    • Set your thermostat at a reasonable temperature of 18 and 20°C for living areas
    • Turn out lights when you leave the room
    • Keep the temperature in your refrigerator between 3 and 5°C
    • Run the washer, dryer and dishwasher only with full loads
    • Use the clothesline whenever possible (avoid using an electric dryer)
    • Buy some or all of your electricity as Green Power
    • When buying a car, choose a fuel-efficient one
    • For packing and materials (especially building materials) apply the rules: Refuse—Reduce—Re-use—Recycle
    • Plant, protect and conserve existing trees and shrubs 

Did You know?

    • Uninsulated ceilings can waste 35 per cent of your winter heating
    • For every old style incandescent globe you replace with a compact fluorescent light you can save $43 in electricity costs
    • A large screen television turned on for six hours a day can generate half a tonne of greenhouse gas a year
    • Many appliances use electricity even when they appear to be turned off. Switch them off at the power point to save energy 

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