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