Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Energy Savings Actions

The following tables outline a number of actions you can take to reduce your energy use and save money.

Most of these actions are taken from the ACTSmart Energy Saving Guide or the national Transition Streets Workbook.

Some key guiding principles underlying the Tables are:

  • electricity is becoming preferable to gas (consult specialists for specific advice), as:
    • solar panels are more affordable now, and can offset costs
    • efficient electrical devices are coming to market (for example. heat pumps)
    • gas prices are projected to rise further, especially due to policy uncertainties in gas extraction and gas export.
  • for heating/cooling of houses, the sequence of actions advocated by energy advisory bodies is:
    1. draught-proof the house
    2. insulate the house: ceiling first, then walls and underfloor, depending on the specific situation (consult specialists for specific advice)
    3. install window coverings: internal (for example, block-out curtains) and external (for example, blinds/awnings)
    4. improve energy-efficiency of windows (only AFTER Steps 1 and 2 have been taken to gain most benefit).

Accordingly, the following actions have been presented partly in the sequence in which they should be adopted, together with their cost brackets (Low cost is <$50; Medium cost is $50–$200; and Higher cost is >$200).

SEE-Change_Energy savings actions table

Download a pdf version of the Energy Savings Actions table 

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  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government