Living Sustainably

We need your help to make the Dorset community and our natural environment be happy, healthy and sustainable. Here we provide information to assist you with living sustainably, including reducing your electricity and water use (and therefore your bills!).


Reducing your energy use

You can reduce your energy use by making your home more energy efficient. This can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on power and will also reduce your carbon footprint. Dorset residents can do this by taking advantage of Dorset Council's offer of free home energy audit tool (HEAT) kits.

HEAT kits allow householders to work out how much power they are using and what they can do to reduce their bills. They include tools such as power mate which measures consumption, a radiometer for checking fridge leakages, and gauges for determining hot water flows.  You can easily measure the electricity used by your fridges, freezers and washing machines. Leaks can also be detected and hot water flows can easily be better regulated.

For further information on HEAT kits contact the Council on 03 6352 6500.

 

Saving Energy in the Home

Below are some helpful hints on ways to save energy in your home.

Energy Efficiency when Buying or Renting a House

Energy Efficiency Guide to Star Ratings

Energy Efficiency Understanding the Jargon

Energy Efficiency Changing your Power Habits

 

Kitchen

  • Microwaves cook food faster than a standard oven and use less electricity
  • Thaw food completely before cooking
  • Avoid opening the oven door when cooking
  • When cooking in a pot use a lid
  • Fill the dishwasher fully and use the economy cycle

Laundry

  • Use an energy efficient washing machine
  • Don't overload the washing machine
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Hang clothes outdoors in the sun to dry
  • If you use a clothes dryer make sure the clothes are well spun or partially dried before putting them in

Bathroom

  • Take shorter showers
  • Water saving showerheads use up to two thirds less hot water
  • Avoid using hot water if cold water will do
  • Switch off your hot water system when you go away or leave the house for a week or more.

 

The DPAC and Aurora Energy websites list more energy efficiency hints and tips.

 

Reducing your water use

There are a number of ways to reduce your water usage.

Install water saving appliances – These could include water saving taps or showerheads, a front loading washing machine or even a rainwater tank.

Don’t waste it – Use less water by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving and taking shorter showers.

Fix leaking taps –If your taps leak 50 litres per hour, this is costing you around $285 per year.

Click here to see other water saving tips compiled by TasWater.

 

Using sustainable transport

Council encourages the use of sustainable transport options in Dorset such as walking, cycling, carpooling or buses.

By cycling or walking you are likely to save money as well as meet the recommended amount of physical activity a day, helping you stay healthy.

Bus operators RD & FH Sainty provide transport for the Dorset Community. To view their timetable or to contact them for information please click here.

 

More information

Sustainable Living Tasmania – General advice on living sustainably

Energy Rating – Energy rating stars explained

YourHome – Australian Government guide to sustainable homes

Your Energy Savings – Australian Government guide to energy use