What can you do about climate change?

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. 

FREE Energy Advice Service for residents

Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide residents with FREE energy advice you can trust. 

The energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) can help you to understand how to make your home or business energy efficient. From solar panels to insulation, they can provide advice on all areas of your home, helping you make informed decisions. They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy efficient. The Foundation conduct rigorous procurement processes so that you can buy with ease and confidence.

Avoid bill shock

Energy bills are increasing with many people spending more time at home this year. has increased residential energy usage increases with people having to work from home, many have been experiencing bill shock. Learn how to take control of your energy bills by understanding what areas of your home are using the most energy and what measures you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Contact AEF for a free 20-min phone consultations to avoid bill shock. Call 1300 23 68 55 or book your appointment on-line here

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How AEF can help you

Solar Panels & Battery Storage: Thinking of powering your home with solar energy? Using satellite imagery, our energy advisors can help you determine whether your property is suitable for solar panels or solar batteries.  

Draught-Proofing: Find out how sealing up gaps and cracks can improve thermal efficiency in your home and keep your energy costs down.

Insulation: Proper insulation ensures a comfortable temperature in your home. We can help you find out how to check whether you have enough insulation in your home and what solutions you can look into if you don’t.

Heating & Cooling: From split systems and fans to ducted heating and fire places, our complete air conditioner and  energy efficient heater guides will help you keep your home comfortable, whatever the season.

Hot Water: Is your hot water system due for an upgrade? We can help you discover efficient systems such as hot water heat pumps so you can cut costs without sacrificing on comfort or convenience.

Windows:  Can curtains and blinds improve energy efficiency? Do  window films really work? Our energy advisor can help you understand your options and prepare your windows in time for winter.

Lighting: Find out how to choose the  perfect light fixtures and fittings for your home and whether you’re eligible for any rebates.

Electricity Bills: Get tips on how to  shop around for the best energy tariff and find out how you can get paid $50 just for comparing.

Referrals to fully vetted suppliers: Want a  quote from a reputable supplier? AEF runs a rigorous procurement process so you can make your home efficient with ease and confidence

What next?

 To find out more about saving energy at home, see the information from this recent webinar, either the slides(PDF, 4MB) or  presentation

 To find out more about maximizing your solar and batteries, see this presentation

You can also learn more about making your home energy efficient at this great websites:

  • 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.

Visit the Eco Living Display Centre

You can also visit the Shire's Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars to learn more about living sustainably.  The Centre offers tours, school excursions, one on one advice and workshops.   Phone ph. 5974 1005 or visit Eco Living Display Centre to find out more.

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

Make your home more water efficient:

  • Look for leaking pipes. 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
  •  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 Emergency Prepare website