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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!

Community Housing Federation of Australia, ACT

"Down with the heating an on with the cable knit!!!" Eddie, Community Housing Federation of Australia, ACT

The Crows Nest Centre, NSW

"We installed energy saving lights in our foyers, put a chiller on our airconditioner... Now the staff have embraced retro jumpers!" Denise, The Crows Nest Centre.

Federation of Community Legal Centres, VIC

My husband keeps warm at work with this jumper I knitted him in 1979. In our office we turn computer monitors off at night! Carolyn, Federation of Community Legal Centres, VIC

Ruah Community Services

"To heat buildings in winter, we installed six solar heating devices to trap the sun’s rays to heat air and pump it through the building using a solar fan". Luke Stange, Ruah Community Services

ACOSS, Sydney NSW

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

The Hut Community Centre, SA

We encourage the use of a kettle for tea and coffee in lieu of an urn continually heating. Garry, SA

Crafty Draught Seal

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

Seasonal Rug Up

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

Down time

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

Playful Reminders

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

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.

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.

Mersey Community Care Association, TAS

We replaced old draughty windows with new ones, and fitted them with shade and block out blinds to keep the heat in the building. Mersey Community Care Association.

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.

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.

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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SAVING ENERGY GIVES BACK GENEROUSLY!

4th December 2014 By andrea
Some like-minded, big-hearted social enterprises have pitched in to cheer on the energy savings work of our Retro Knit winners at The Crows Nest Centre in NSW, the Community Housing Federation of Australia (ACT), and The Federation of Community Legal Centres (VIC).

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Good Energy Packs for Retro Knit winners

2nd October 2014 By andrea
Retro Knit Week drew some stunning snaps of the spectacular winter woollies worn in our sector! Good Energy Packs full of goodies are on their way to the winners!

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The delights of de-lamping – real stories from our sector

30th September 2014 By andrea
We hear from UnitingCare Community QLD and ACOSS about how they saved a bundle by reducing their workplace lighting to correct levels

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