What can you do about climate change?
There are many things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment and to better prepare yourself for the impacts of climate change.
Get prepared for climate change
Are you Climate Ready?
For tips to help you prepare for climate change – whether it is for drought, heatwave, extreme storms, flash flooding, or bushfire – visit the Climate Ready website.
Find out what your local risks are by using the Climate Ready map and develop a plan tailored to you.
Reduce your impact on the environment
Minimise your waste
Victorians are great recyclers, but we have much room for improvement. Research shows that our household rubbish bins contain many items that could have been recycled. This equates to around 450,000 wheelie bins full of recycling ending up in landfill each week.
To find out what you can and can’t recycle visit waste and recycling in the Mornington Peninsula Shire
Use water wisely
Create a water efficient garden:
Look for leaks around your home:
- Damaged pipes can be caused by building works, tree roots or just old pipes needing replacement. Underground leaks can often go un-noticed for some time. Regularly check that water at your home is not leaking. Find out how, visit South East Water
Make your home more water efficient:
- When purchasing new appliances, or making changes to your home, consider the more water efficient options. Capture and reuse water where you can e.g. Use rainwater on gardens and connect it to your washing machine and toilet.
Make your home more energy efficient and comfortable
Heating and cooling accounts for around 40% of your power bill so anything you can do to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable will save you hundreds of dollars on your power bills.
Learn more about making your home energy efficient at this great websites:
The Victorian Government will help Victorian households cut their electricity bills through the Solar Homes package which will be delivered by the newly established Solar Victoria. Visit the Solar Victoria website to find out more!
Energy.gov.au – information on energy efficiency, saving money and government assistance.
Sustainability Victoria – simple tips to become more energy efficient in your home.
Your Home – a guide to building, buying or renovating a home that is comfortable, economic and healthier to live in.
SECCCA: House in Order – a report detailing how to achieve energy efficiency and performance in your home.
Reduce your car emissions
In 2012 road transport was more than 12% of all greenhouse gas emissions produced in Australia. To reduce your impact on the environment, use your bike when possible. Find out where cycle paths are located in your area: shared paths on the Mornington Peninsula
Improve the efficiency and reduce the running costs of your business
Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA’s) are a financing mechanism enabling businesses to better access finance for environmental upgrades to existing non-residential buildings. Under an EUA, a lender provides finance to a building owner and the local council collects repayments through the rates system. The council then passes the property charge onto the lender.
Visit the Eco Living Display Centre
Visit the Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars to find out how you can live more sustainably at home. The Centre offers tours, monthly workshops, school excursions and is also available for hire.
Join a local group
Join a local group to learn, meet new people and connect to your local community. Find local community gardens, Landcare groups, food swaps and other community groups.