Living Sustainably

We need your help to make the Dorset community and our natural environment happy, healthy and sustainable. Here we provide information to assist you with living sustainably, including reducing your electricity consumption (and therefore your energy bills!) and public transport available in Dorset.


Save on Your Energy Bills

Do you want cheaper power bills?

With winter coming on now is the perfect time for Dorset residents to take advantage of Dorset Council's offer of free home energy audit tool kits.

Tthe HEAT kits lower power bills by allowing 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.

The kits also provide suggested actions when over consumption and leaks have been identified. These range from advice on how to fix leaks, when to efficiently use high energy items and even how to turn down your hot water thermostat.

For further information contact Madison Loosmore on 03 6352 6512.   

Saving Energy in the Home

Below are the latest helpful hints from the state government on ways to save energy in your house. They are excellent and cover a wide range of information 

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
  • Open dishwasher door to air dry dishes instead of        using the drying cycle

Laundry

  • Don't overload the washing machine
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Hang clothes outdoors to dry
  • Clean the lint filter before using the clothes dryer
  • Front loading washing machines are up to 15% more efficient

Bathroom

  • Take shorter showers
  • AAA showerheads use up to two thirds less hot water
  • Set the water temperature between 60-65 degrees for    adults and between 50-55 degrees for children

And there's more...

  • Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs can save $100 a year  
  • Fix leaking taps
  • When buying electrical appliances, look for the energy rating as it indicates their efficiency level
  • Insulate your external hot water pipes to prevent heat loss

Facts About Leaking Taps

100 litres per hour - around $570 per year
75 litres per hour - around $430 per year
50 litres per hour - around $285 per year
25 litres per hour - around $145 per year
10 litres per hour - around $57 per year
5 litres per hour - around $30 per year

Local Air Quality Guide

Here is a link to the website regarding the up to date air quality guide for Tasmania wood smoke | air quality | your health,that was launched by DHHS and the EPA recently that provides the community with real-time air quality monitoring, health and air quality information. This aim of the website is to provide precautionary health advice alerts when smoke levels are elevated in a location for just one hour.

The health advice is aimed at individuals who are more susceptible to the harmful effects of wood smoke. This includes people with lung conditions (including asthma), heart disease, the elderly and young children.

The website is to be trialed for 12 months.

Public Transport

Bus operators RD & FH Sainty provide a transport for the Dorset Community.  The timetable is available to download below and if you have any further questions please contact Sainty's Bus Service by clicking here

Updated Sainty Bus Timetable

Noise Annoys

Noise can really upset your neighbour so be considerate. Under the Environmental Management & Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2014 there are certain defined hours you can use noisy equipment.

All Power Equipment

Permissible Hours of Use

Monday - Friday - 7.00 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday - 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday - 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Statutory Holidays - 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Lawn Mowers

Permissible Hours of Use

Monday - Friday - 7.00 am - 8.00 pm
Saturday - 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Sunday - 10.00 am - 8.00 pm
Statutory Holidays - 10.00 am - 8.00 pm

Chainsaws

Permissible Hours of Use

Monday - Friday - 7.00 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday - 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday - 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Statutory Holidays - 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Chainsaws must not be used within 300 metres of a residence at any time, unless for domestic garden maintenance on only 1 day in any 7 consecutive days.

Recreational Vehicles

Permissible Hours of Use

Monday - Friday - 7.00 am - 6.00 pm

Living Sustainably

Click here to visit the Sustainable Living Tasmania website for more information.