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
Create a water-smart garden 3 1 3
Energy Water
Reduce pool and spa running costs 3 2 3
Energy Travel
Drive efficiently 3 3 3
Energy Travel
Buy a fuel-efficient vehicle 3 2 3
Energy
Install a solar hot water system 3 1 3
Energy Travel
Use your car less 3 3 3
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
Energy
Install solar power 3 1 3
Waste
Minimise food waste 3 3 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
Energy Water
Use appliances efficiently 2 3 2
Energy
Get a home assessment 2 3 2
Water
Get a home assessment 2 3 2
Waste
Start a worm farm 1 2 2
Energy
Install a gas hot water system 1 1 2
Water
Improve watering practices 2 2 2
Energy Water
Buy water-efficient appliances 1 3 2
Waste
Keeping backyard chickens 1 1 2
Energy
Install a heat pump hot water system 2 1 2
Waste
Buy re-used and recycled 2 2 2
Energy Water
Simple renovations for renters and homeowners 2 2 2
Energy
Estimate running costs of appliances and technology 2 3 2
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
Water
Install a rainwater tank 2 2 2
Energy
Improve heating and cooling 2 2 2
Energy Water
Install water-efficient showerheads 2 3 2
Energy
Use outdoor equipment efficiently 2 3 2
Waste
Manage e-waste 1 2 2
Energy
Buy energy-efficient appliances 2 3 2
Energy
Switch to efficient lighting 1 2 2
Water
Install water-efficient toilets 2 2 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
Waste
Minimise bathroom, toilet and laundry waste 1 3 1
Energy
Cook efficiently 1 3 1
Water
Install a greywater system 2 1 1
Energy
Switch to GreenPower 0 2 1
Energy
Compare electricity and gas market offers 2 2 1