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ENERGY SAVING IDEAS BY AND FOR THE COMMUNITY SECTOR

Our ultimate goal is to help a host of community organisations
 large and small – become more energy efficient, and enjoy all the savings that brings!

ACOSS, NSW

We removed 24 fluorescent bulbs from our office with little difference in lighting levels. We are expecting to save around $700 a year.

We’re in this Together

You’re not alone. We’re all connected and can support each other a long the way to make simple changes that create big savings.

Energy Guzzlers

When replacing old equipment, spending a bit more on an efficient model will pay itself off in the long term.

Give it the Flick

Turning lights off in areas that are not being used is one of the simplest ways to start saving energy today.

Energy Overload

Standby power boards can help staff to switch off standby power on multiple appliances, particularly where plugs are hard to reach.

Just a Cuppa

Use just what you need by not boiling 2 litres of water in the kettle when only a single cup of hot water is all you need for that afternoon cuppa.

Lo-Fi Lunch Prep

Over their lifetime, microwaves use more energy on standby power than they do cooking food. Save power by switching them off at the wall.

Retro Knits

Support local knitting co-ops and op-shops – the community sector is a treasure trove of unique creations to keep snuggly and warm through winter.

1 Degree Closer

Put a smile on your dial by adjusting your thermostat 1oC closer to outdoor temperatures and save up to 10% off your heating or cooling costs.

Playful Reminders

Our daily habits are easy to change with some fun, playful reminders.

Down time

Screensavers are bad news for bills. Change your efficiency settings for immediate savings.

Seasonal Rug Up

Warm up by dressing for the seasons and avoid overheating your workplace which can be costly.

Crafty Draught Seal

Get crafty with old socks and jumper sleeves. Door snakes can save loads of energy by blocking draughts.

Hot Water Head Count

Urns are like giant, un-insulated kettles that run all the time and can waste a huge amount of energy.

ACOSS, Sydney NSW

We've saved between $700 and $1300 a year by removing 24 fluorescent bulbs

THE STORY SO FAR....

We want to share all the great stories about this project with you as they happen along the way. Here's what we've been up to so far...

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RUAH COMMUNITY SERVICES – HARDWIRED FOR SUSTAINABILITY

3rd July 2014 By andrea
It is incredibly inspiring to see how high level vision and commitment can flow through to empowerment of staff and some great sustainability initiatives on the ground. One fantastic example of this is Ruah, a Perth community service organisation providing services in mental health, housing and homelessness, womens support, Aboriginal partnerships and training.

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UNITINGCARE COMMUNITY: SHARING GOOD ENERGY

1st July 2014 By andrea
Uniting Care Communities has 297 properties across Queensland, and has implemented a sustainability plan that reduced the cost of electricity, water and waste across their organisation by $50,000. It also made them a finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Award. The key to their success was to start by engaging staff.

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Touching base with Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO

24th June 2014 By andrea
A little chat we had with Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO, on what she would like to see for the sector through this project…

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