The Authority’s annual electricity usage in 2017-18 was approximately 7% lower than in 2016-17, resulting in a reduction of 1,390 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Authority has achieved reduced electricity consumption through projects such as the staged replacement of existing public area lighting with energy-efficient LED luminaires.
The Authority has also supplied 991,196 kilowatt hours to the grid via solar power generation on site. Solar power is generated and fed into the grid from the “Towers of Power” along Olympic Boulevard, the Education Centre, and Newington Armory. Solar power is also used in remote areas of the Park to operate leachate pumps, pathway lights and car park ticket dispensers.
What can you do to reduce your electricity usage and associated electricity bills?
Make the switch to LEDs! LED lights can save you around 70% in electricity and significantly reduce your power bills. Find out about NSW Government rebates and discounts.
When purchasing appliances; find the product with the highest energy efficiency through using the star rating label as a guide
What can you do to save energy in the kitchen?
- Determine an appropriate fridge size for your needs:
o 1-2 people, 250-380L
o 3-4 people, 350-530L
o 4 or more people, 440L +
- Get savvy with your fridge and freezer temperatures. Each degree lower uses 5% more energy. See advice on ideal fridge settings.
- Keep compressor coils clean to ensure it’s working efficiently.
- Cover Your Food (but not with plastic)
- Regularly check your fridge's seal.
- Fill your fridge with some water jugs to keep it colder for longer.
- If possible, position the fridge away from direct sunlight and ovens, heaters and dishwashers.
Make sure the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms are clean, dust-free so they don’t have to work so hard.
What can you do to save energy in the laundry?
- If you're purchasing a new clothes washer, consider a front-loading model. Front-loading washers can use up to 60% less energy than top-loading machines.
- Always wash a full load.
- Get familiar with your different wash cycles for different degrees of soiled clothes (pre-soak heavily soiled items).
- Wash with cold water rather than warm water. Try not utilise clothes dryers as they are typically very inefficient. Use an outdoor or indoor clothes hanger to hang your clothes after washing them – but check your body corporate rules first. Research different clothes line designs for outdoor and indoor use. Also check out different indoor clothes line designs ideal for small spaces.
What can you do to save energy in the bathroom?
- Make sure the exhaust fans in your bathrooms are clean and dust-free.
- If you have a rechargeable electric toothbrush or shaver, make sure to unplug them when they are fully charged.
- Consider air-drying your hair instead of using the hair dryer.
- See how to connect to solar hot water system.
What can you do to save energy in bedrooms or common areas?
- Stay comfortable and exclude heat from the sun in summer by keeping your curtains and blinds closed during the day. Take advantage of natural heat from the sun in winter by opening your curtains and blinds on sunny days, and closing them at night to keep the heat inside.
- If you have an air-conditioner, make sure to clean filters regularly. Consider only using the air-conditioner for 10mins and then use standing fans or ceiling fans to circulate the cool air.
- Place portable draft stoppers in front of drafty doors and windows. You can even make your own and add more décor to your home.
- Use a hot/cold water bottle to adjust your temperature when sleeping at night; it certainly uses less energy than a central heating system or fan. You can make your own hot/cold water bottle cover to suit your style!