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.
Reduce your impact on the environment
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.
Access the free Energy Advice Service for residents
Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide residents with simple energy advice you can trust. The energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home or business energy efficient. From solar to insulation, they can provide advice on all areas of your home, helping you make an informed decision.
They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy efficient. They conduct a rigorous procurement process so that you can buy with ease and confidence.
Areas they can help with include:
Solar Victoria website - information on the Victorian governments rebates for solar and batteries.
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.
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. To find out more visit Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA’s).
Use water wisely
Create a water efficient garden:
- Indigenous plants are local plants, perfectly adapted to your environment. Once established, they require little water and can thrive even through the hottest summer. Visit the Shire nursery to find out more about what native plants are suitable for your garden.
- Find out how to create a thriving garden with low water use at Sustainable Gardening Australia
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.
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
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
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.
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.