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This page describes how you can save power, lower emissions and make your home more comfortable through changes to fixtures or the building itself, or by changing things you do in your home on a daily basis.

You can make significant savings in energy, costs and emissions by buying the most energy efficient appliances, as they can become less efficient over time and newer models are usually more efficient to begin with.

Achieving greater energy efficiency is one part of the process of reducing emissions derived from energy. The other part is to contribute in some way to renewable power generation.

As Australia is a dry continent (and likely to become drier) it’s important that we use water sparingly to conserve this limited resource. In addition, the processes of collecting and processing water, transporting it to your property, and then once it's used, treating and transporting it again all generate greenhouse emissions.

In today’s society, we are used to the concept of throwing things away, but there is really no ‘away’. We can reduce our waste footprint in a number of ways. We can reduce our waste footprint in a number of ways.

Reduce emissions

Greenery and gardening have an impact on greenhouse gas levels in a number of ways. Vegetation takes carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it.

Car and other vehicle emissions are a major source of greenhouse gases, and eliminating such emissions is an essential part of moving to a zero carbon society.

Reducing your emissions from food and shopping is a complex matter, partly because it can be hard to get the facts we need to make informed choices. We generally don’t have these facts about food production and transport at our fingertips.

If you’re buying, building or renovating a home you generally have more options than if you're seeking to reduce emissions in an existing home with at most only minor changes. These are some things you should aim to achieve:

If you rent, or live in an apartment, you may feel frustrated by the constraints you face in seeking to reduce your carbon emissions. As a tenant, you can't make changes to the building or 'fixtures' without the owner's permission.

The sharing economy is an exciting new way for the community to come together and share things like household items, transportation and home grown food with neighbours. Sharing is a fun way to build stronger communities while helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

There is much you can do to reduce your own carbon emissions and to help people you know to do so as well. But the right government policies can make this a lot easier for you and other Australians.

Your money has a carbon footprint just as your personal consumption does. If you have bank deposits, superannuation, insurance policies, or investments, that money is being used for some sort of economic enterprise. Is it helping to finance a high carbon economy, or a low carbon one?

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