Making a difference to energy efficiency locally is a big first step towards global sustainability. Council continues further explore ways of improving our energy efficiency in buildings and facilities.
As part of our commitment to living sustainably and striving towards carbon neutrality, we will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Making a difference locally is an important first step towards a global sustainability movement.
We have improved the energy efficiency of our buildings and facilities through implementing a range of initiatives:
- lighting retrofits
- sensor lights
- solar PV panels
- power saving computers and printers
- instant hot water systems.
Through the implementation of these initiatives Council has reduced its energy use by more than 30% over the past few years. Council tracks energy use through a software data management system which identifies trends in usage and assists in the identification of additional opportunities to become more energy efficient.
Home energy audits
Adelaide Hills residents are encouraged to undertake their own energy audit to understand where energy is being used in the home and what activities and reductions could take place. Energy audit information and an Energy Saving Kit is available from the Coventry Library, Stirling. This information provides a guide to determine how much energy is currently being used and provides tips towards possible savings. The Energy Savings Kit can be borrowed through the normal library loan system.
Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme
The Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS) supports households and businesses to reduce their energy costs while also maximising the benefits to our power system to deliver a smarter, more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy future for all South Australians.
Home Battery Scheme
The Home Battery Scheme provides all grid-connected South Australians access to state government subsidies and low-interest loans — provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation — to help pay for a home battery system and new solar if required.