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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.

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