GreenBizCheck Home Checklist

We are proud to present the GreenBizCheck Home Checklist, 37 pages of useful, easy to follow steps to greening your home and lifestyle.

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Whilst reduction in use is the best way to save on your energy costs around the home, making sure you have the best electricity and gas plans can also make a difference. Lucky for us in Australia we have the freedom to choose our electricity and gas provider. But, with a wide range of different suppliers and rates to choose from, making an informed choice is not always easy.

We recommend visiting www.moneyhound.com.au for a comprehensive comparison tool on the most economical energy plans available within your local area.

Green Ideas For Your Home

Here are some of the best ways to save money at home.

  1. Switch of electrical items when not in use
    Globally approximately 10% of total electrical appliance energy consumption is wasted on stand-by energy.
  2. Avoid heating and cooling whenever possible
    Increasing the air-conditioner temperature by 1°C (1.8°F) in the summer and reducing temperature by 1°C (1.8°F) in the winter will save around 10% off your energy bill.
  3. Limit the use of hot water
    Take shorter showers and save hundreds on water and electricity.
  4. Combine shopping and errands in one trip to save on travel
    Every km travelled in your car can cost you between 30 and 70 cents. If you only make one trip to the shopping center rather than 4 trips - assuming a 10 km (6.2 miles) drive both ways - you will save $750 per year (assuming 50 cents per kilometre; 31 cents per mile).
  5. Buy locally and reduce consumption of unnecessary items.
    This will dramatically reduce your transport costs, weekly expenses and packaging waste.
  6. Install solar water heater, heat pump and/or solar panels
    The initial investment will start paying for itself after around 24 months.
  7. Stop buying bottled water
    If you buy one bottle of water every day you will save around $1,000 p.a. if you buy a reusable bottle instead and drink equally good tap water. Use a simple filter if required.
  8. Install AAA rated showerheads
    Doing so may cost as little as $5.00 and save as much as $250 per year on energy and water bills.
  9. Only purchase rechargeable batteries
    You can save $200 a year by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposables in one cd player used two hours a day.
  10. Replace incandescent light bulbs and switched to energy efficient light bulbs
    Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.

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