How to reduce your energy bill

Reducing energy consumption can save money and reduce your environmental impact. Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) to provide you with simple energy advice you can trust.

From solar to insulation, the energy advisers at Australian Energy Foundation can provide free advice on all areas of your home or small business, helping you make an informed decision. They can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home or business energy-efficient and connect you with reliable suppliers.

What can I do?

  • book a free Energy Consultation with an energy adviser to help you with advice on a wide range of energy efficiency topics
  • contact AEF on 1300 23 68 55  
  • visit the Australian Energy Foundation website to learn about all the things you can do in your home. 

 The energy adviser can help with:

Check if you are eligible for solar rebates in solar panels, solar batteries or solar hot water at Solar Victoria.

Are you a medium-large business? Contact the Sustainability team on 1300 179 944 or sustainability@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au to learn how you can reduce energy and save money.

 Quick tips to reduce your usage and bills

  • set your thermostat at 18 to 20 degrees in winter and a minimum of 26 degrees in summer
  • shut doors to areas you're not using, and only heat or cool the rooms where you spend the most time
  • turn off appliances and devices, such as laptops, tablets and computer equipment, when you’re not using them. Turning them off at the power point instead of leaving them on standby can save even more energy
  • wait until your washing machine and dishwasher are full before running them and select the shortest possible washing cycles

You can find more information on saving energy through the Victorian Energy Saver website or Sustainability Victoria

What else can I do at home?

Learn more about growing your own food, sheltering your home from the sun and wind, creating homes for local wildlife, using water wisely and recycling waste on the My Smart Garden website.

Need more information about recycling at home? Check out our Recycling 2.0 - Waste and recycling services website.