There are many ways in which you can take action on climate change, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and reduce your environmental footprint.
Bayside's community greenhouse gas emissions profile is largely made up of electricity usage (60.32%), followed by transport (22.13%), gas (14.48%), and waste (3.07%).
(Source: Snapshot CO2 emissions report for Bayside municipality, 2017)
Make your home or business more energy efficient (and save money)
By making an effort to reduce your energy use and improve energy efficiency, you can save money on energy bills, improve the comfort of your home, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The main sources of energy use in a typical Australian home are heating, cooling, hot water, refrigeration, and electrical appliances. The remainder of a household energy bill is generally standby power, lighting, and cooking.
The Victorian Energy Upgrades program gives homes and businesses discounts on energy-saving products. Households using the program save on average $150 or more per year on their energy bills, while businesses save up to $670 or more.
You can also have your home assessed by a local independent accredited assessor through the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard program. A scorecard assessment will tell you where your home is using the most energy and how you can reduce your use while staying comfortable.
For more information on upgrades and accredited providers, visit the Victorian Energy Saver website.
Even if the building you live in is highly energy efficient, the way you live will have a significant impact on your energy use. Sustainability Victoria offer simple tips for reducing energy usage in your home.
When replacing or upgrading household appliances, consider the most energy efficient model you can afford. Find out more about energy rating labels.
Consider switching to renewable energy
Solar and solar hot water systems are an increasingly affordable way to reduce both your household energy bill and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Victorian State Government offer solar panel, battery, and solar hot water rebates through the Solar Homes Program. Find out how to apply for a rebate on the Solar Victoria website.
Choose your energy retailer wisely
You could also consider switching to a more environmentally-friendly energy retailer. Find out more about eco-friendly energy retails using The Green Electricity Guide.
Recycle food waste
Setting up a compost bin or worm farm - or if you are a Bayside resident, using our food and green waste service - is a great way to both divert food waste from landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Prioritise walking, cycling, and public transport over driving. Find our tips on eco-driving.