Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Lighting Skylight Solatube Solatube 160DS $558 install $120 +GST http://www.solat 160DS $558 install $120 Installation will vary dependent 290DS $810 install $140 + GST ube.com.au/hom +GST on roofing materials and the eowner/brighten 290DS $810 install $140 depth of ceiling space. up.php + GST Lighting Incandescent Compact Many See description below. Light Globes Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) Replace all existing incandescent light globes. There are a range of products available with all incandescent lights able to be replaced by more efficient CFL alternatives. The cost and quality of the products vary; therefore in certain circumstances the decision to retrofit will be subjective. The best alternative to the standard incandescent light bulb in most situations is the compact fluorescent lamp, or CFL. CFL’s have become commonly available in the last few years and provide very good quality light with up to 80% less energy use than an equivalent incandescent light bulb. Spiral tube Compact Fluoro Lamps use which provide a better distribution of light and are more compact and better looking than the more common linear tube lamps. The main issue with compact fluorescents is the large amount of energy and materials that goes into manufacturing a lamp compared to an incandescent. This is known as embodied energy. The much longer typical lifetime of a CFL means that the greater embodied energy is more than made up for by the energy saved during use. The problem appears when the lamp doesn’t last as long as it should. The answer to this is to buy a good quality CFL and make sure it is used appropriately. CFLs don’t like electron ic switches such as sensor lights and most are not compatible with dimmers. There are high quality Dimmable CFLs available. Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Lighting Halogen 35 Watt IRC Osram 35 Watt IRC Osram – 33% energy $11.95 http://www.neco.com.au/produc Down light savings, 5 times the life of regular t.asp?pID=1087&cID=47 50watt Halogen lamps http://www.neco.com.au/catego $22.95- requires ries.asp?cID=47 11 watt 11 watt 11 watt Megaman – 80% energy electrician to There are LED alternatives Megaman Megaman saving, lasts 15,000 hours disconnect transformer Lighting Halogen LED MR16 LED Down Light 5-7 watt $99.50 Life span 50,000+ hours, in excess Down light Downlight Hotbeam CeeLux HB13 13 watts $175.00 in GST per of fifty times the life span of 50watt unit standard halogen. Some questions over the ability Replacement/maintenance costs of LED to maintain constant should be factored into the lumen output over life span. decision making. Lighting Fluorescent Fluorescent GE or Philips Energy Saving up to 35% www.ecobright.c $35.00Adaptor Kit http://www.environmentshop.co Tubes – T8 Tubes – T5 om.au $8.90per T5 tube m.au/ProductDetails.asp?PID=32 36 watt 28watt http://www.savei 19 teasy.com.au/site /index.php www.neco.com.au Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Device Manufacturer Information Action Lighting Fluorescent Install Pilux and See description Below Tubes – T8 Reflectors / Danpex 36 watt Delamp Depending on lux levels (refer to Checklist for suitable levels) if the location is over lit for the functions performed in that space a good refit solution is to delamp tubes where two exist in the same fitting and replace with a single tube with a reflector attached. There are many options for the type of reflector and tube. We recommend considering RSK reflectors from Pilux and Danpex in Greece. These reflectors are sleeves that fit over the lights so avoid the need for any attachments to the fixture (commonly glues or screws are required) and can reduce ongoing maintenance requirements. Please note that this measure provides 90% of current light output. If, however, the light levels in the area are equal to, or slightly below Australian Standards levels, then it is recommended that in addition to installing a reflector and delamping one tube, that the remaining tube be replaced by a quadphosphor T8 tube. A quadphosphor tube puts out more light than a standard halophosphor or triphosphor and costs around $4. There are several other commonly available reflectors including from silver based reflectors and stainless steel. Local supplier for RSK reflectors Kent Hutchings ph 0439 370 832 Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Lighting Exit Signs - 3 Slide Legrand 3watt LED exit sign to replace http://www.legra Trade price per unit Purchase through Electrical Wholesalers, such as wt LED Connect G2 existing exit signs which are nd.com.au/ $222.84 (Middendorp) Middy's located in Brunswick Part No. 686 typically 2x 10wt T8 Fluorescent supply the sign at $222.80 but do not install. 200 tubes. Can provide a PDF with further information. Security Install 1.1 Reduce hours of operation of security lights by HPM have such a sensor that your electrician can Lighting Photo- installing "smart" PE cells that switch the lights off source relatively easily. It looks the same as the electric cells part way through the night PE cell sensors typically used for security lights, A study in Frankston showed that public spaces were and can be easily retrofitted simply by replacing more secure when unlit at night. the existing sensor. Install a "smart" photo-electric control that can be Calculations assumed that the lights are being programmed to turn the lights off at a certain time of left off from 11pm onwards and are switching on night (approx $150). when it gets dark. Hand Dryer Hand Dryer Airblade Dyson http://www.dyson.com/airblade/ Dyson Airblade $1650.00 1 unit plus Dyson can provide installation If au/store/installing.asp 80% hand dryers $1495.00 per unit for installation required. A product PDF is reduction in energy use, 2 units costs available from the website. compared to standard hand $1390.00 per unit Unfortunately the product is very dryers. for 3 units or more expensive, therefore limiting its Best Application: Suitable to high suitability. use toilets (in excess of 150 uses per day) Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Hand Dryer Hand Dryer Xlerator Aladdin http://www.spec- 12 second drying 900.00 Chrome Plus install Standard hand dryer 2.4kW @ net.com.au/links/link145.htm 1.5 kW, claim $600 - $700 70% less energy Windows Blinds Nordic Light Perfect Blinds Energy efficient: Honeycomb http://www.3day 2m x 2.5m = $1000 $12.00 per Perfect Blinds provide a free Honeycomb (3DayBlinds) blinds help you save energy by blinds.com.au/wi blind inspection and no obligation Blinds keeping your home warmer in ndowblinds/hone quote (03) 9583 6622 winter and cooler in summer. ycombblinds.asp Acoustics: Honeycomb blinds provide considerable sound absorption. External Highway Best Application: Windows W0.5m/H1m Plus install Quote is for two awnings on Awnings Blinds exposed to direct sunlight, also on W2m/1m $ 720-750 separate windows measuring (Coburg) southern windows where heat W0.5m/H1m loss occurs in winter. Alternative: W2m/1m window furnishings ie, Renshade, Shade Cloth/ Sail or use deciduous vegetation that provides summer shade and allows winter sun Hot Water Gas Rinnai Rinnai 26i A few options for the savings is it $1200 Rinnai 26i Install $685 Selecting an appropriate HWS will Instantaneo Envirosmart worth the extra expense 5.2* to $2253 Envi/smart 26 + $190 for depend on the needs of the us Bosch 6.9* elect install facility, it is generally advised to Bosch 26 Eco+ Best Application: Instantaneous $999 Bosch 26i Plus piping move away from electric HWS to typically used in low usage and $2215 Bosch 26 Eco+ solar or gas units. Instantaneous intermittent use situations. or storage will depend of usage Identify level water usage and requirements. apply the most suitable unit. Hot Water Solar Best Application: Domestic and $3000 - $5000 Plus install Further consideration will need Storage w high water use facilities. Identify to be given to theft and damage Gas Boost level water usage and apply the to public facilities and the most suitable unit. associated costs to prevent either from occurring. Hot Water Electric Hot Solar Heat Best Application: Where gas is A heat pump can reduce the Water Pump - unavailable and consumption of amount of greenhouse gas Condenser hot water is relatively high. emissions and reduce your cost While electric hot water services to produce hot water by up to are the least desirable in terms of 75% when compared to other their energy consumption, a solar electric hot water systems. heat pump is the preferred option of electric systems Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Hot Water Storage Hot HWS See description below Water Blankets / Service Insulation Turn your hot water unit off if you're going away for an extended period. Some units have a 'vacation' setting to make this easier. As much as 60% of your hot water bill is due to heat losses from the tank and pipe work. Add extra insulation to your storage tank to reduce heat losses, particularly if it’s in a cold or exposed position such as the south side of your home. Foil-backed insulation blankets wrapped around the tank are most suitable. Insulate pipes leading out from your hot water system, especially for the first two metres and any exposed piping that will be subjected to cold conditions outside. Install your system as close as possible to the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. These are the main hot water draw-off points around the home. Keep the hot water system sheltered. This will help reduce heat losses from storage tanks, and will protect any pilot lights from draughts. Additional insulation on the pipes coming out of the gas hot water units and blanket insulation with a impermeable cover (eg foil) will reduce heat loss and heating requirements. On a gas heater, the control valve sticks out from the tank, and you'll have to cut the insulation away to expose it. Be sure to cut "notches" in the blanket, too, for the drain valve and the temperature and pressure (T&P) valve as well. Be very careful not to block the flue or air intake on a gas water heater. Never insulate the top of a gas water heater. In addition, add insulation on the first few metres of pipes coming out of the unit. Detailed instructions can be found at: http://www.cornerhardware.com/howto/ht063.html. Pipe insulation tech sheet with a range of different products and performance. Armaflex Solar and DuoSolar provide insulation for the pipes of solar hot water systems. The continuous nature of the products make the insulation more efficient and reduces time during installation; it also ensures higher quality assurance outcomes. Products have low thermal-conductivity to minimise heat loss. DuoSolar is paired tubes of insulation that are pre-fitted to copper pipes. Feed and return pipes in DuoSolar system connects solar collectors with hot-water storage tank. DuoSolar includes sensor wire to monitor temperature of water inside pipes to maintain a constant temperature of hot water at the source. Solar is single coils of insulation that are fitted to copper during installation. Solar insulates flow and return lines of solar hot-water systems and is designed for systems that use hard-drawn copper. Solar has good abrasion-resistance. Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action 1.2 Hot Water Tea and 1.3 Timer on Tea Clipsal See description below $124.00 - $180.00 Quote for Clipsal range of timers Coffee Hot and Coffee HPM +GST as quoted by Middy’s in Water Boiler Hot Water Brunswick (03) 9387 8333 Boiler For instant hot water boilers commonly located in kitchen areas it is recommend that heavy duty timer that have battery backups be installed inside an enclosure so it can't be tampered with, or else put the timer somewhere out of the way. Additionally in most circumstances an override push button timer should be installed in case use is required after hours (have the unit run for 1-2 hours then automatically turn off). Instant hot water units keep on “topping up” the temperature overnight, needlessly. Yet most units can normally get up to temperature from cold within half an hour to one hour. For use during office hours install a 7 day timer (10 amps for most units), which will switch the unit off over weekends and overnight. Program to start around 1 hour before the first time it is used in the morning, and to go off around about the last time it’s used. Limitations: For older units installing timers can accelerate their last days of use or where seals are already poor the installation of timers may result in the need to replace them to stop leaking. For newer units this is not a problem. Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Insulation Wall/ Glass Wool Bradford Reduces heat transfers in your Seek wall and ceiling insulation Ceiling Gold Batts home; Improved comfort all year with the greatest R value (higher round; Saves on energy costs number, better performance). Reduces greenhouse gas Bradford Gold High Performance emissions; Low allergen (ceiling) has highest available Meets the highest Australian insulation performance of R5.0 insulation standards; Guaranteed and R6.0 for the life of your home; Made from up to 80% recycled content Insulation Double Magnetite Magnetite Best Application: Windows http://www.mag 2m x 2.5m= $500 See description below Glazing exposed to direct sunlight, also netite.com.au/ on southern windows where heat loss occurs in winter. Alternative: window furnishings ie Honeycomb blinds, or external awnings. Magnetite is a retrofit double glazing solution for both noise reduction and thermal insulation of existing windows. Magnetite provides all the benefits of double glazing without the mess and cost of replacement windows. Magnetite is ideal for heritage properties and both commercial and residential applications. As a member of the Australian Window Association, Magnetite has accredited third party testing as both an acoustic window and energy efficient window. Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Insulation Window Renshade Renshade is sold in rolls; it can be Roll Sizes Best Use: North, East and West Insulation made into Holland blinds, applied 1.25m x 1m = $20 window that are exposed to directly on the window or 1.25m x 5m =$82 direct sunlight attached by Velcro tabs. 1.25m x 10m= Alternative: External awnings or, $162 vegetation to provide shade. The installation depends on how the product is used, it can adhere to the window by velcro tabs, therefore the installation would greatly be reduced, and it provides the ability to remove or add as required, Renshade also provides some winter thermal improvement. If windows already have awnings it may not be the most appropriate application. Suppliers: The Environment Shop Going Solar http://www.concertinafoilbatts.com/sumwin.htm Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Insulation External Thermalite See Description Below Additive for 4 ltrs Paint/ paint $49.95 Unpainted Additive for 81 ltrs surfaces paint $485.95 Thermilate is a revolutionary, durable paint additive that makes paint insulate, which was -Reduces your c02 emissions helping you do your bit for the environment originally developed by NASA – and cuts energy consumption by up to 40%. -Extremely simple to use. Just mix into your paint Best Use: External surfaces facing North, East and West window that are exposed to direct -Can be added to almost any house paints / coatings sunlight. Suitable for both external walls and roofs. -Is completely safe to use, inert non-toxic and environmentally friendly -Saves up to 40% on your energy use. -Is suitable for residential and commercial uses. -Helps reduce energy bills via external and internal insulation -Thermilate can easily be used as a House Paint / Exterior Paint Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Passive Shade No specific recommendation is Cooling Cloth/ provided as size and location will Shade Sail have a bearing on price. Natural See below for further description. ventilation and shading Best Use: North, East and West window that are exposed to direct sunlight above outdoor seating or playing areas Alternative: External awnings or, vegetation to provide shade. As an additional benefit it is the use of Shade cloth or sails can provide a good area for outdoor seating, thus improving the amenity of building users. Therefore the use of awnings or overhead shade cloth can alternate depending on what the space is used for. Make sure windows are used for cross ventilation, and external blinds are used for shade Many building users do not utilise the windows for ventilation. It is recommended that some signs be put up to encourage and educate the benefits of doing so. Particularly in rooms without cooling. Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Sealing/ Draft Draft Advantec The DraftStoppa® TopHat™ is an $270 ($135 per plus install Made from recyclable, fire Draughts Stopper Stoppers http://www.dr innovative, energy efficient, exhaust unit) costs retardant materials, the TopHat™ etc. aftstoppa.com ducted ceiling exhaust fan is simple to install, and can be .au/ incorporating the Award Winning $78.00 N/A - just installed into new homes and well DraftStoppa® concept. ($39.00 for Draft sits atop fan as being retro-fitted into Stopper only) unit in established homes. ceiling. Water Flow Water Wizz Reduces the flow of water Inline restrictors are $5.00 per unit Recommended Flow Rates Guide: Control through the faucet. Depending on more expensive and Hand basin 6 L/min, Valves/ Con-serv the function of the tap (where it will require Kitchen Sink 9 L/min Aerators is located) there are installation by a Laundry Sink 9 L/min, recommended water flow rates. registered plumber Shower 9 L/min Toilet(full/half flush) 6/3 or 4 ½ /3 Water Toilet Toilet Aqua Wizz Best Application http://www.drink $14.95 N/A Inexpensive and fits all cisterns Cisterns Weight Toilet Water Older toilets with high literage forchange.com.au with open overflows Saver per flush (new toilets flush /section/aquawiz Reduces water consumption by up 3/4.5ltr) z/ $12.50 Neco to 70%; Australian made and Requires education for users as Neco –eco owned; Save immediately on the cistern is altered to flow for superstore Water Bills; as along as the button is depressed. Water Kitchen Sink Flow Rinse When applied to the Kitchen tap $11.95 N/A The nozzle swivels to point Valve it will reduce flow to 9/L per anywhere in your sink and minute. switches between a fine spray for Good device for rising of food or rinsing veggies and plates, to a plates prior to dishwashing. straight jet for filling pots and kettles. It gives you complete flexibility while reducing water flow to just 9 litres per minute. Easy to install. Fits to any threaded tap. Existing Function Product Description Device Heating and Air Replace old air conditioners with more efficient split system air conditioners or Alternative: Cooling conditioners investigate the use of Solar heating and cooling systems. Solar Heating and Cooling (see below) The older window wall air conditioners are vastly inefficient compared to the latest Split System air conditioners. Refer to Energy Star for the best option available, also keep in mind that many units are reverse cycle, therefore they may be used for heating. If gas is present it is recommended, from an environmental performance point of view, that a gas heater be used for this purpose. Therefore it is recommended to purchase an air conditioning unit with cooling only to prevent is occurrence. It is suggested that push bottom timers be installed on the air-conditioners. Sometimes on a day of mild weather, the air conditioner can be switched on, and then left to run all day, even though it is only lightly loaded and does not really need to run. Or they may even be accidentally left on overnight. All air-conditioners should be put on push button timers. The timers should be set to run for one to two hours. If further use is required the button will need to be pressed again. On wall mounted units the timer can typically be installed where the air conditioner plugs in, or nearby (somewhere easy to reach). On split systems air conditioners are usually controlled with a remote control. In addition to the remote control there should be a push button timer wired in series with the power supply to the air conditioner, such that the air conditioner is normally disconnected, and can only be controlled by the remote when the button is pressed. On split systems with a cooling capacity of around 6kW or greater the outdoor unit will often have a sump heater, which cannot be disconnected. In this case make sure that the control only disconnects the indoor unit. Set the timer to run for one hour where the air conditioner is infrequently used, or can quickly bring the room to the desired temperature. Where the air conditioner takes some time to bring the room to temperature, or is always in use, set it to run for two hours. Push button timers on the air conditioners may annoy some users when first installed. They will complain that they have to keep pressing the button, particularly on days of extreme weather. Treat this as an opportunity to talk about our need to respect energy and not to waste it. On milder days, as outlined above, this will stop the air-conditioner running un-necessarily. And with a modern, quiet air conditioner even the most energy conscious person can forget to switch off at the end of a busy day In areas where you expect there might be the most complaints, tend to opt for a two hour time rather than a one hour time. Existing Function Product Description Device Heating and Solar There are systems that use solar energy, natural air movements, and heating and One brand of such a system is the Heat Ventilation Recovery System Cooling Heating and cooling dynamics to provide heating and cooling to buildings. In heating mode the (HRV), another brand that has a very good reputation according to Knox Cooling systems use the build up of heat in the roof space to heat the building which reduces Council, is Smart Breeze (www.smartbreeze.com.au) Systems the need for additional heating to keep the building at a comfortable temperature. At The use of these solar units will require further analysis to determine night time or during heavy cloud, the system uses the building as a thermal heat bank. suitability for the facility, ie facilities that are used mostly during daylight In cooling mode, the system works both day and night to extract the hot air out of the hours. The units may also need to be supplemented with other heating building. and cooling devices; the HRV unit is designed to integrate with some air Best Application: In facilities operating during daylight hours. conditioning systems that can provide additional heating or cooling when Suitability: The unit can be used on facilities with different roofing materials such as tile required to maintain a constant temperature. or metal although this alters how the unit operates. In addition the presence of flashing under the roofing material or whether the heat is captured from the roof space effects performance. Alternative Existing Company/ Product/ Tech Installation Function Product/ Product Description Product Cost Additional Information Device Manufacturer Information Cost Action Heating and Gas Wall Rinnai It is recommended that the $1850.00 per unit Primarily a commercial model Cooling Heater Energysaver existing wall heaters be replaced +installation used in schools, kindergartens 556FDT with more efficient gas heaters and childcare, the 556FDT is a that are up to 36% more efficient manual version of its cousin the than the older models. The Rinnai 556FTR. As an additional feature, Energy Saver has a star rating of a central relay timer can be 4.2 - 4.3, has a pre heat mode, programmed to operate multiple remote control operation and heaters. digital timer allow for on and off programming for both mornings and evenings. Gas Wall Heaters - Behavioural 1.4 Action: Turn off pilot lights on all wall mounted heaters over summer period. Generally wall heaters are only in use when cold (about 3 months per year). It is common for the pilot light remains burning during the periods when heating is not required in the warmer months. A pilot light will use at least 10MJ of energy a day, and over the five months of summer it can cost $14 and $30 for a natural gas fired and LPG fired heater respectively. There is some contention by plumbers that pilot lights should not be turned off, as they can be hard to restart again. Spiders may block up the gas supply. This, however, appears to be a rare occurrence, and we strongly recommend that pilot lights be turned off over summer. Schedule your annual maintenance to coincide with the time the pilot lights are re-lit, so that the person doing the maintenance can light the pilot lights for you. Alternative Existing Function Product/ Product Description Device Action 1.5 Appliances Upgrade www.energy Older fridges can use twice as much energy as efficient new fridges with a high star energy rating. There is also less chance of food spoilage, leading Refrigerator rating.gov.a to additional savings. u Go to www.energyrating.gov.au to see a comparative table of different fridges showing their energy use per year to choose which fridge to replace the current fridge with. Note that the smaller the fridge the less energy is used so be sure to size the fridge correctly. Be mindful to purchase a refrigerator that is suitable to the needs of the site. It can be equally wasteful to purchase a fridge where its capacity is only utilised a few days of the year, likewise if it is too small it will only encourage the purchase of a secondary fridge. 1.6 Appliances Replace 1.7 Fridge-seal Fix fridge seal, raise temperature to 3 degrees Celsius, and ensure fridge is well ventilated. Refrigerator If the fridge seal has deteriorated it will allow some of the cool to escape, losing energy in the process. seals/ Raise It’s suggested that the seal be fixed or replaced. Temperature David of Fridge-seal quoted $50 for a new seal, and $70 to install it. You can order seals online or over the phone, or get them to install it for you. / Increase Fridge-seal: 7 Linton St, Moorabbin, Victoria 3189, Phone: (61) 03 95550977 http://www.fridge-seal.com.au/ ventilation The current temperature of the fridge was measured to be 0 degrees Celsius. It is advised that it be raised to the Sustainability Victoria guideline of 3 degrees Celsius. Other tips for fridge: If there is enough space, move fridges back from wall to increase ventilation, and elevate them above the ground by 5cm. This increases ventilation and reduces the amount of energy needed to cool the fridge motor. Function Existing Device Alternative Product/ Action Appliances Air Conditioners; www.energyrating.gov.au Dishwashers; Clothes Washers; The above website rates appliances according to their efficiency and lists operating costs over a ten year period. Clothes Dryers; Products include: Air Conditioners; Dishwashers; Clothes Washers; Clothes Dryers; Refrigerators & Freezers. Refrigerators & Freezers. 1.8 1.9 Switch off appliances overnight. Switch off at wall / fuse board Applicable to non essential appliances ie not suitable for security and refrigerators Appliances such as multifunction centres (MFC) and microwaves use power even when in “power saver mode”. When a printer says it’s in “Power saver mode” it means is using less energy than it would otherwise, but it doesn’t mean that it’s using no energy. An analogy would be a car parked in a driveway with the engine on. The car is using less petrol than it would if you were driving it, but it’s still using petrol. Laser printers and photocopiers in particular can use considerable amounts of power in power saver mode, so it’s worthwhile turning them off. In some printers where non-original or refill toner has been used the toner may leak if the printer is off for long periods. Consult your printer manufacturer to be sure. It is advised that users be encouraged to switch off the appliances when the facility is not being used. A sign next to the appliances would be helpful to remind people switch this off. ('Save energy - switch off appliances' labels can be sourced from Ironbark Sustainability for about $10 per sheet of 30 - 9853 2603 www.ironbarksustainability.com.au). Most modern appliances consume electricity even when not switched on. Air conditioners and microwaves often all use power when actually doing nothing. Eliminate these loads by always switching off at the wall when not in use. Air conditioners should be switched off at the fuse board over when not in use. If plugs are not accessible, move the plug, or use a power board with a switch, to make the switch easily accessible. Of course this measure should be implemented sensibly, as electricity is dangerous. This action may not be possible if fridges are not on separate circuit. Function Existing Device Alternative Product/ Action Purchasing ecospecifier ecospecifier Australasia, is a knowledge base of over 3500 eco-products, eco-materials, technologies and resources, leading global Guides sources of sustainable development & life-cycle assessed green product information. Linking independent information with a powerful search interface, ecospecifier does the materials research for you, delivering innovative sustainable product solutions with unique difference. Categorising products according to rating scheme compliance such as Green Star, ecospecifier helps you reduce the time and costs of implementing Best Practice Green Buildings & Developments. Purchasing The Green Directory The Green Directory is Australia's best online resource for locating green business, products and services. All businesses in the Guides categories below have been selected for their "green" attributes and sustainable business practices. Select from the categories below or you can perform a search in the field above. Purchasing ECO-Buy ECO Buy is an award winning not for profit company that supports organisations in purchasing environmentally preferable Guides products and operates as a Centre of Excellence in environmental purchasing We understand that change happens through people and to facilitate change people need good information and tools plus great support and encouragement. ECO-Buy exists to help you 'green' you’re purchasing and integrate sustainable purchasing practices and attitudes within your organisation. Remember, your green purchasing journey starts with just one step! ECO-Buy encourages you to move at a pace that is achievable and sustainable for your organisation. Function Existing Device Alternative Product/ Action Purchasing Good Environmental Choice www.geca.com.au Guides Australia The Good Environmental Choice Label is the only environmental labelling program in Australia which indicates the environmental performance of a product from a whole of product life perspective for consumer goods. The label is awarded to products that meet voluntary environmental performance standards which have been created and assessed in conformance to international environmental labelling standards. The program is internationally recognised and growing in demand and awareness throughout different industries. On their website you will find information about certified products, environmental labelling in Australia, and the objectives of the program. Manufactures will also find information as to the requirements of the declaration and how they may apply for recognition with the Good Environmental Choice Label for Australia. Additional The Environment Shop The Environment Shop offers a range of materials, products and tools to live and work in a more environmentally sustainable way. Resources Visit www.environmentshop.com.au or call 9489 4855. Located at 594 High Street, Thornbury. Additional Going Solar Going Solar supply and install solar hot water and solar electric systems. They also stock a wide range of sustainable living products, Resources including CFL downlights, composting toilets, insulation books and more. Visit www.goingsolar.com.au or call 9348 1000. Located in the 60L Green Building at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Additional Clear Comfort Clear Comfort can be ordered on line www.clearcomfort.com.au or you can phone (02) 6161 3570. Resources Additional Draftstoppa Draftstoppa can be purchased online at www.draftstoppa.com.au or at the Environment Shop and Going Solar. Resources Additional Phoenix Fridge Project The Phoenix Fridge Project is operated by the Moreland Energy Foundation in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Resources project collects and repairs old fridges, making them as energy efficient as possible and selling them through the Brotherhood’s warehouses and shops. To donate a fridge call 1300 366 283 for free collection within the metropolitan area. Additional Resources The most efficient electrical appliances www.energyallstars.gov.au Visit the www.energystar.gov.au website to download the EnergyStar feature for your computer or laptop Star rating for all gas appliances www.gas.asn.au EcoSmart Electricians www.ecosmartelectricians.com.au Green Power www.greenpower.com.au This tool was designed by Moreland and Yarra City Council’s with support of Ironbark Sustainability and Moreland Energy Found ation Ltd (MEFL), funded by the State Government of Victoria. The tool has been designed without limitations of Intellectual Property. However, all involved are continuing to improve the tools and prior to use we recommend contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. In the spirit of collaboration and improvement please also inform us if you modify the tool or have feedback so that updates and learnings can be incorporated shared with others. Enjoy!