Knowing where your energy comes from, what uses energy and how much it is costing you means you can make some smarter decisions for your household or business.
By making some simple changes you can save money from your energy bill while reducing your impact on the environment.
Producing your own energy at home is a great way to reduce both your bills and your emissions. See the below links for commonly asked questions about installing solar panels on your house and what steps you need to take.
Solar Savers for Monash Residents
Solar Savers is a way for Monash to help eligible home owners and renters access affordable loans for the installation of high-quality rooftop solar systems by a team of professional solar installers.
Through Council's involvement in the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), Monash households can install solar, take control of their bills and protect themselves from future price rises.
Following recent changes, renters and rental property owners also have the opportunity to reap the benefits of solar systems by accessing the State Government’s Solar Homes rebate for rentals.
Solar Savers program is assisting rental property owners to access the rebate and loan, significantly reducing the upfront cost of installing a solar system. If your property is valued at under $3million and does not already have solar system, or if you are a renter and would like to find out more about the program and your eligibility, register at solarsavers.org.au/rentals/ to speak with a Solar Savers representative.
Solar Savers has helped over 160 householders across 9 councils install rooftop solar. The project has the potential to deliver immediate net savings of at least $100 per year on electricity costs for large numbers of low-income households.
The ability of solar PV to provide low-cost energy throughout the day means these householders can cool their homes during heatwaves without fear of ‘price shock’, further protecting a vulnerable sector.
Visit the Solar Savers website or phone on (03) 9385 8512.
Appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and televisions can be responsible for up to 30 per cent of your home energy use. Choosing energy efficient appliances can help you avoid costly bills.
On average across Australia, 40 per cent of the energy we use at home is for heating and cooling. Find out better ways to heat and cool your house below.
Did you know that lighting consumes between 8 and 15 per cent of the average household electricity budget? By changing to more energy efficient lighting, you could save up to $19 per globe per year.
The Victorian Government's Energy Saver Incentive offers discounts and special deals on selected energy-saving products and appliances. Visit the Energy Saver Incentive website for more information about the incentive and how to claim it.
When building or renovating your home, there are a number of useful ideas for saving energy and making your home more comfortable.
Renew online magazine through Monash libraries
Monash Libraries are now offering access the 'Renew' magazine through their digital catalogue.
Renew is a magazine focussed on practical and cost effective technologies for environmentally sustainable Australian homes and lifestyles.
There are over 20 issues available to view that cover a range of topics, including solar and battery systems, electric vehicles and self-sufficiency.
Some of the articles in the current issue include: the energy efficient home-office, how green are compostable plastics and small scale plastic recycling
More information: Renew magazine (includes instructions)
The Victorian Government's Energy Saver Incentive offers discounts and special deals on selected energy-saving products and appliances.
Visit the Energy Saver website to learn how to save money on your energy bills.
Purchasing renewable energy
If your home isn’t suited to solar panels or you’re not ready to make the investment, and you’re still interested in using renewable energy, you may consider purchasing your power from a renewable source.
To find out how to switch to renewable energy visit Green Power, a voluntary government accredited program that enables your electricity provider to purchase renewable energy on your household's or business' behalf.
If you are looking for an energy retailer that supplies electricity from renewable energy sources, Choice recommends the Green Electricity Guide