Take action

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