There will be many more smart addresses in Mandurah from today, following the launch of the State Government’s world-leading Living Smart program in the city.
The 12-month trial program, designed to help people reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home to help combat climate change, was launched in Joondalup last month and is being extended to 10,000 households in Mandurah.
Residents who participate in Living Smart can save up to $2,000 a year, and reduce their CO2 emissions by up to five tonnes per household.
Living Smart, the first large-scale program of its kind in the world, provides people with practical information on how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced at a household level.
A total of 15,000 households will be involved in the program.
Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman said the Living Smart trial had been designed to cut Western Australia’s carbon emissions by at least 15,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 3,500 cars off the road.
“The program offers advice, assistance and home environmental consultations, enabling people to make changes at home to reduce their carbon emissions, on average, by 10 per cent,” he said.
“Making a typical WA home more energy, water, travel and waste-efficient can save residents between $300 and $2,000 a year. So, as well as reducing their impact on the environment, they are saving money.”
The $1.5million Living Smart program is a key initiative of the Premier’s Climate Change Action Statement.
The trial program is a joint initiative by the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, and the cities of Joondalup and Mandurah.
Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey said she believed the Mandurah community was also ready to act on climate change and there would be great interest in participating in the Living Smart program.
“By enabling 10,000 households across Mandurah to live smarter, we can show leadership on the issue and reap economic, community and health benefits along the way,” Ms Creevey said.
Mr Templeman, who is also the Minister for Peel and Mandurah MLA, said household consumption of energy, water, waste services and car travel directly accounted for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, about 14 tonnes per household per year.
“Making small, simple changes at home can collectively make a big difference to the impact we are having on the environment,” the Minister said.
“Living Smart will help people make these small changes, such as turning off standby power, as well as provide them with environmentally-friendly solutions to bigger projects, such as home renovations.”
Examples of changes householders can make under the Living Smart program include:
· turning off devices on standby power, saving about $90 a year; using curtains and draught stoppers, and closing internal doors to reduce heating and cooling costs;
· switching off unnecessary lights;
· taking shorter showers, which can save about $70 a year;
· turning off the second fridge when not in use;
· setting a shorter run-time on the pool pump;
· insulating external water pipes;
· adjusting the water heater and/or fridge to the correct setting;
· installing compact fluorescent globes;
· using a bucket to catch the first flow of cold water in the shower;
· fitting flow regulators on taps;
· changing to solar hot water, with potential savings of up to $350 a year; and
· fitting external shades to east or west-facing windows, saving about $70 in cooling a year.
Other key State Government initiatives to combat climate change include:
· Five Star Plus - new building standards requiring all new homes to have water and energy saving devices which have the potential to reduce consumption by about 50 per cent and nearly halve household water and energy bills. This builds on the Government’s existing Five Star Building Standards program;
· the establishment of a $36.5million Low Emission Energy Development (LEED) Fund to promote emission reduction and support technology advancements that cut greenhouse gas emissions;
· the carbon neutral State Government car fleet;
· the Solar Schools program; and
· The Act Now for the Future website that provides advice on how to reduce your environmental footprint at a household level as well as information on how to cash in on State Government water and energy-saving rebates.
More information is available from http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/livingsmart and http://www.actnow.wa.gov.au.
Minister's office - 9220 5050