You can do your part to live more sustainably and help the environment by changing some of your behaviours to reduce your carbon footprint. You could also save some money on your power bill in the process.
How is Council making a difference to our carbon footprint?
In January 2018, we set a target to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2022. These strategies will help us achieve this target:
Projects we have undertaken to help reduce our carbon emissions
Ammonia-based air-conditioning in the Administration Centre
Ammonia-based air-conditioning is more energy efficient and doesn’t contribute to global warming. This project will reduce our carbon footprint and reduce energy costs.
Lighting upgrades for many Council facilities
Outdated lights often use excess energy. By upgrading lights with modern lights that use less energy and have a longer lifespan, we are reducing energy costs and saving on replacement costs.
Variable speed drive pumps
We have replaced some water pumps with Variable Speed Drives (VSD) pumps. These pumps only work at the required level, rather than working at 100% power, saving on energy costs
We have installed voltage reduction equipment for the lights in the gym at AquaLogan Springwood. The lights’ energy consumption has reduced by about 15%.
Hot water systems
The Local Government Energy Efficiency Program helped us replace old electric hot water systems in Council owned buildings with energy efficient solar hot water and heat pumps. Using energy from the sun is helping reduce energy costs.
Street and park lighting
The Australian Government helped to replace street lights and park lights at 13 locations across the city with compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs. The new lights have reduced our energy use.
We have replaced the stadium lights at Cornubia Insports Centre and Mount Warren Sports Centre with LED lights. The new lights have a longer lifespan and use less energy.
Pool blankets are being used where possible in our Council pools. They help to retain heat and reduce water heating requirements.
We have installed 17 Solar PV systems on Council-owned buildings. Using free clean energy has reduced electricity costs and our carbon footprint.