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There are lots of actions that will help you to save energy, conserve water, reduce waste and travel smarter. Our step-by-step instructions can help you take the best actions for your individual circumstances.

The actions are all rated on the savings that can be achieved, the ease of doing them and the impact they will have. The more symbols—dollars, ticks or leaves—the better.

Select the category you are most interested in and sort by any of the column titles.
Actionsort descending Savings Ease Impact
Energy Travel
Buy a fuel-efficient car 3 1 3
Energy
Buy energy-efficient appliances 2 3 2
Energy
Buy energy-efficient outdoor equipment 2 3 2
Waste
Buy re-used and recycled 2 2 2
Energy Water
Buy water-efficient appliances 1 3 2
Energy Travel
Car pool and car share 3 2 3
Energy
Compare electricity and gas market offers 2 2 1
Waste
Composting 1 2 3
Energy
Cook efficiently 1 3 1
Water
Create a water-smart garden 3 1 3
Energy
Draught proof your home 2 3 2
Energy Travel
Drive efficiently 2 3 2
Energy
Estimate running costs of appliances and technology 2 3 2
Energy
Get a home assessment 2 3 2
Water
Get a home assessment 2 3 2
Energy
Improve heating and cooling 2 2 2
Water
Improve watering practices 2 2 2
Energy
Improve window efficiency 2 1 3
Energy
Install a gas hot water system 1 1 2
Water
Install a greywater system 2 1 1
Energy
Install a heat pump hot water system 2 1 2
Water
Install a rainwater tank 2 2 2
Energy
Install a solar hot water system 3 1 3
Energy
Install insulation 3 2 3
Energy
Install solar power 3 1 3
Energy Water
Install water-efficient showerheads 2 3 2
Water
Install water-efficient toilets 2 2 2
Waste
Keeping backyard chickens 1 1 2
Water
Maintain taps and irrigation systems 2 2 3
Waste
Manage building waste 2 2 2
Waste
Manage e-waste 1 2 2
Waste
Manage hazardous waste 2 2 2
Waste
Minimise bathroom, toilet and laundry waste 1 3 1
Waste
Minimise food waste 3 3 3
Energy Water
Reduce pool and spa running costs 3 2 3
Waste
Reduce, re-use, recycle 2 3 2
Energy Water
Simple renovations for renters and homeowners 2 2 2
Waste
Start a worm farm 1 2 2
Energy Travel
Switch to a bike 3 2 3
Energy
Switch to efficient lighting 1 2 2
Energy
Switch to GreenPower 0 2 1
Energy Water
Use appliances efficiently 2 3 2
Energy
Use lights efficiently 2 3 2
Energy
Use outdoor equipment efficiently 2 3 2
Energy Travel
Use public transport 3 2 3
Water
Use water efficiently 2 3 2
Energy Travel
Use your car less 3 3 3