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Sustainability at home


Family in front of home with solar panels

Do you want to be more energy efficient at home? Installing solar power could be the solution you're looking for, and it can be possible for apartment blocks too. 

  • SunSPOT is a great tool to help you calculate how much electricity and money a solar PV system could save your home.

Have you considered switching to a greener electricity plan for your home?

Switching to GreenPower is one the best things that you can do for our planet today! GreenPower is the only government accredited and audited green energy program and it's ideal for those who can't install rooftop solar. 

If you switch to a 100% GreenPower plan, your energy provider will purchase your electricity from renewable sources in Australia. GreenPower will mean more of our area's electricity comes from the wind and sun.

Not sure how to make the switch? You can call your current energy provider and ask them if they have a GreenPower plan available. It's also a good idea to shop around using Energy Made Easy to find the best deal for you. 

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As of May 2024, 1,105 electric vehicles were registered in the City of Canada Bay  and electric vehicle were 8.4 per cent of new cars sold in Australia that month. 

Transitioning to EVs has potential to dramatically cut the carbon emissions and local air pollution caused by petrol and diesel
vehicles, especially if recharged with renewable electricity. Filling up a car with electricity is also much cheaper than increasingly costly petrol and diesel and reduces the international supply chain risks of imported liquid fuel.

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These programs are supported by Council's Environmental Strategy and Emissions Reduction Action Plan, which sets a target of net zero emissions from the Canada Bay community by 2050.

This is supported by other Council strategies:

Cool roofs reduce the amount of heat held and transferred to the building below, keeping the building cooler and at a more constant temperature on warm days. Cool roofs have additives in the base material or paint that reflect the sun’s heat and emit absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere at a higher rate than standard materials.

Urban areas like the City of Canada Bay can experience the urban heat island effect where infrastructure absorbs, maintains and then reradiates heat. As a result, inner city areas can be a number of degrees hotter than surrounding rural areas.

Using cool roof products and surfaces decreases the impact of the urban heat island effect on our city. Designing our infrastructure to minimise heat absorption will make the City of Canada Bay more resilient to increasingly extreme heat conditions as the climate changes.

Want to know more?

  • Click here to check out the Victorian Government's cool roof webpage with links to a guide and research.
  • Energy Star's website shares information about the benefits of cool roofs.
  • WSROC Urban heat planning toolkit can be found here
  • Read the City of Bayswater's research paper here