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.
Energy saving advice
Visit Positive Charge or call the Positive Charge helpline on 1300 23 68 55 to seek advice from an energy expert.
Council subscribes to Positive Charge, a not-for-profit service which provides residents and businesses with independent energy advice.
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.
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 program for pensioners
Solar Savers is a new way for Monash to help eligible pensioner residents who own their own home to access affordable loans for the installation of high-quality rooftop solar by a team of professional solar installers.
Through Council's involvement in the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), low income and vulnerable households can install solar, take control of their bills and protect themselves from future price rises.
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.
The program is open until 29 March 2019. Visit the Solar Savers website or phone on (03) 9385 8512.
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.