Inner West Council

Saving Energy

With the cost of energy increasing it makes sense to be energy efficient. Reducing energy use not only saves on your bills but also helps the planet too. In NSW, most of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal, which creates greenhouse gas emissions and causes global warming and climate change.

Ashfield Council is actively working on reducing our energy use by progressively installing energy efficient lighting in our buildings and installing solar panels where feasible and cost effective. We are also working on a Renewable Energy Master Plan with other councils in the south Sydney region. The plan identifies ways to increase uptake of renewable energy in the residential, business and local government sectors.  

There are many simple ways you can be more energy efficient at home, reducing your power bills and helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Easy ways you can reduce your energy use at home:  

  • Install energy efficient lighting and always turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Switch off appliances at the power point instead of leaving them on standby
  • Purchase appliances with a high energy star rating as they use less energy
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and hang your clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer
  • Use the energy efficient setting on your dishwasher and only run it when it is full
  • Set your air conditioning/ heating units appropriately a couple of degrees higher in summer and a couple of degrees lower in winter i.e. summer 23- 26ºC and winter 18-21 ºC.
  • When replacing an electric hot water service install a high efficiency gas or solar unit
  • Ride a bike, walk or use public transport instead of driving where possible

For more help in choosing energy efficient electrical appliances, please visit the Office of Environment and Heritage Smarter Choice website.


Power-Mate Energy Meters  

Now Available for loan from Ashfield Libraries!

Ashfield Council has three Power-Mate portable energy meters in its Library catalogue. The Power-Mates can be borrowed free of charge from Ashfield or Haberfield Library and can be used to monitor the energy consumption of different appliances in your home. The Power-Mate will even estimate the average costs of running the appliance over the year, both in dollar value and in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Power-Mate is a very useful tool for understanding energy use in your home and will allow you to make more informed decisions about how you can reduce energy consumption, save money off your energy bills and help combat climate change through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Enquire at the Library front desk to loan out this item.