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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.
Action Savingssort descending Ease Impact
Energy
Switch to GreenPower 0 2 1
Waste
Manage e-waste 1 2 2
Energy
Switch to efficient lighting 1 2 2
Waste
Composting 1 2 3
Energy
Install a gas hot water system 1 1 2
Waste
Start a worm farm 1 2 2
Energy
Cook efficiently 1 3 1
Waste
Minimise bathroom, toilet and laundry waste 1 3 1
Energy Water
Buy water-efficient appliances 1 3 2
Waste
Keeping backyard chickens 1 1 2
Energy
Use outdoor equipment efficiently 2 3 2
Energy
Buy energy-efficient appliances 2 3 2
Energy
Compare electricity and gas market offers 2 2 1
Water
Install water-efficient toilets 2 2 2
Energy
Improve window efficiency 2 1 3
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
Water
Get a home assessment 2 3 2
Water
Improve watering practices 2 2 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
Water
Install a greywater system 2 1 1
Waste
Manage building waste 2 2 2
Energy
Use lights efficiently 2 3 2
Water
Maintain taps and irrigation systems 2 2 3
Energy
Draught proof your home 2 3 2
Waste
Manage hazardous waste 2 2 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
Install solar power 3 1 3
Waste
Minimise food waste 3 3 3
Energy Travel
Use public transport 3 2 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
Energy Travel
Car pool and car share 3 2 3
Energy
Install insulation 3 2 3