Guides and toolkits
Save energy to save money
The Tasmanian Government’s SAVEenergy SAVEmoney guides outline the benefits of an energy efficient home and explain how you can save energy and money.
Staying warm and saving money
Sustainable Living Tasmania, supported by the Tasmanian Government, has produced 'Stay warm and save money - A guide to reducing your energy bills', which provides simple suggestions to make your home more energy efficient. Copies are available from Service Tasmania shops, or read the guide on the TasCOSS website.
Home energy audit toolkits
These practical tools and information will help you conduct a simple home audit and discover easy ways to cut your household energy costs. The toolkits can be borrowed free of charge from all Tasmanian councils. Find your council’s contact details in the local government directory.
- Aurora Energy’s energy saving hints and tips provides information on how to save energy in your home and reduce your household energy bill.
- Before installing solar energy in Tasmanian homes, ensure you consider the range of issues you may face. The solar energy page and Solar Energy Information Sheet (PDF) will provide more information.
- The Tasmania Energy Saving Projects Resource webpage helps you find products and materials to make your home more energy efficient. It is aimed at people who want to carry out projects themselves, like insulating their hot water cylinder, and includes instructions and Tasmanian suppliers.
Home and garden
- Sustainable Living Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation which provides impartial, expert practical advice like improving energy efficiency, installing insulation, building a comfortable low-bills home, gardening and conserving water.
- Good Life Permaculture provides a network and resources about permaculture, which is a system of landscape design that combines natural landscaping and edible gardening modelled on nature. David Holmgren, one of the founders of permaculture, explains what it is and the design principles on his Holmgren Design website.
- Eat Well Tasmania is a statewide program that provides support and assistance for activities or projects that promote enjoyable healthy eating.
- Your Energy Savings
This Australian Government website provides a broad range of information about saving energy, saving money and opportunities to access government rebates and other assistance.
- Energy rating guide for appliances
Australia’s leading guide to choosing energy efficient appliances also offers a mobile phone app, so you can compare products whilst shopping.
- Green Vehicle Guide helps you by comparing Australian vehicles based on their greenhouse emissions.
- Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) rates Australian vehicles on their greenhouse emissions.
- Learn more about electric vehicles, including how they work and what it's like to own one:
Home and garden
- Your Home is a set of tools which was developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable.
- Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) is a national system that regulates how Australian homes are rated for their thermal performance. It enables the design of a home to be assessed by skilled professionals, using sophisticated computer modelling programs. A NatHERS accredited assessor can suggest simple ways to make a home more comfortable, save energy and achieve building approvals.
- Sustainable House Day occurs every September and have an opportunity to visit environmentally progressive homes in your area. Homeowners invite you to tour their houses and learn how to integrate sustainable practices, like renewable energy, passive design, and rainwater harvesting, into your home and lifestyle.
- Buyer Beware: Home Insurance, Extreme Weather and Climate Change study was released by the Climate Institute and shows how the home insurance industry is responding to climate risk, and how insurance premiums and policies are changing in response to a changing climate. It also offers tools for home buyers to help them assess the current and future risks to their home.
- Freecycle offers a network of people in your area who donate and exchange unwanted goods for free; a great option for your next spring clean.