Actions for residents

Actions for residents

Actions you can take at home

Climate change may be a global challenge, but it’s one that can be tackled with local action. Together, we can reduce our city’s environmental impact, take on the challenge of a changing climate and build more liveable places for us all.

Actions for home and apartment owners

Our homes are responsible for 18% of Australia’s carbon emissions. But there are simple steps you can take today to eliminate your emissions:

  • Understand your energy use: Unpacking your energy bill can help you identify energy-saving measures and adjust your habits to save money and carbon.  If you own an apartment, it’s important to understand the energy your whole building uses. The best way to do this is to obtain a NABERS energy rating. This will give your owners corporation a clearer idea of how much energy your building uses and how to improve. As an owners corporation, the City of Sydney can also help you access a ratings and assessment grant.
  • Install solar: Join the million-plus homes and businesses around Australia already generating electricity cleanly and quietly. The Clean Energy Council maintains a list of systems that meet Australian standards and accredited installers. If you live in an apartment, your owners corporation may also consider installing solar on common property to power common area plant and equipment. SunSPoT is an online tool that can help you estimate how much electricity you may generate from solar panels on your roof.
  • Switch to GreenPower: By choosing clean energy sources like wind, solar, water and bioenergy, you are reducing your emissions and investing your money in Australia’s renewable energy future. Just ask your energy company to activate. If you live in an apartment, encourage your owners corporation to purchase GreenPower for common areas such as lighting, air conditioning, lifts, parking areas and more.
  • Offset your emissions: Reduce your impact by offsetting unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions and support practical projects that enhance our biodiversity, protect endangered species and grow new forests. Learn more about offsetting your emissions
  • Join Smart Green Apartments: We’ve helped more than 70 apartment buildings across the City of Sydney local area to become more energy and water efficient, saving the people who live in the buildings thousands of dollars each year. Encourage your owners corporation to join the program. The City also offers grants and sponsorships to help residents and businesses improve their environmental performance.
  • Plant trees: Mature trees not only capture carbon but they also provide shade from the summer sun, improve air quality and privacy, and can even enhance the value of your property. Remember to look for species that are suitable to your property’s size and location.
  • Grow a green roof or wall: Beautify your building, support local biodiversity, improve air quality, cool city temperatures and more. Download the City's resource manual to learn how you can start your own green roof or wall project.
  • Stay informed: Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to learn more about how you can support a green and sustainable city.

Actions for renters

You don't have to be a homeowner to take action in your household. Small changes can create big savings for both your environment and your wallet.

  • Switch to GreenPower: By choosing clean energy sources like wind, solar, water and bioenergy, you are reducing your emissions and investing your money in Australia’s renewable energy future. Just ask your energy company to activate.
  • Cut your energy consumption: Choose energy-efficient LED lighting and energy efficient appliances (with the highest number of stars possible). Use the Energy Rating website to find and compare appliances. Any upfront costs will usually pay for themselves within a couple years. Switch off lighting in unoccupied rooms and appliances at the wall and check your thermostat – every degree you dial it down in winter and up in summer will save you around 10% on your heating bill. 
  • Talk to your landlord: Improving insulation, installing solar hot water systems, shutters, blinds and thick curtains, draft proofing by sealing up gaps and cracks in walls. These are just some of the actions that can help you reduce your energy bills and future proof your landlord’s investment.
  • Stay informed: Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to learn more about how you can support a green and sustainable city.

 

Last updated: Thursday, 27 September 2018