The City of Launceston is committed to finding practical and effective ways to improve energy use throughout the organisation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We've been working since 2010 on energy efficiency projects throughout our facilities, making considerable energy savings.
The council promotes sustainability principles and encourages the public to make better use of our natural resources.
The information here intends to help residents make more efficient use of energy and water and also make savings.
Below are key projects Council has undertaken to promote sustainability.
For more details about how council is working on reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions, see here.
1. Prince's Square park lights were changed to LED saving over 50% in electricity use. The fountain lights and the toilet lights were changed to LED as well. The lighting in the park is vastly improved with the LED lights.
2. Council has commenced to change street lighting to LED. The old 80 watt lights are being changed to 22 watt LED reducing energy use by 75%. The lights also have a long life expected to be at least 25 years.
3. Churchill park sports building 10kW solar project using 40 Trina solar panels and an SMA inverter. The solar will offset 25% of the energy used in the facility. Note also solar hot water system installed previously.
4. Lighting in the Inveresk car park and walk way was converted to LED. 100 watt metal halide globes were swapped with 50 watt LED. In total 51 lights were upgraded saving 14,000 kWh per year.
5. The City of Launceston has recently installed a 40kW solar panel system on the roof at the Remount Road Depot. The solar system consists of 122 SunPower panels and 2 Fronius inverters. The solar system will generate approximately 58,000kWh of electricity per year reducing the depot power costs by 40%. The solar system has a payback of 4 years making it a very cost effective method of reducing energy costs.
6. A 50kW solar system was installed on the saw tooth roof of the main gallery at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. All the electricity generated by the system will be used in the main gallery. The city of Launceston is serious about reducing the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from council facilities and recognises solar power presents a great opportunity to achieve this.
7. Lighting in the corridors of the Albert Hall has been upgraded with 58 new dimmable LED lights providing significantly better light and reducing energy consumption by 70%.
A typical three to four bedroom house in Tasmania will use on average about 25 to 30kWh of energy per day and with electricity prices set to increase it is becoming more important for households to minimise the amount of energy they consume.
In the average household about 25 per cent of the power is used by the hot water system, 40 per cent by heating/cooling, 10 per cent by lighting and the remaining 25 per cent by appliances and standby power.
Here are some simple, affordable steps to reduce your power bill:
- Turn off heaters and other electronic equipment when you leave a room
- Turning a heater down one degree saves energy use by about 10 per cent
- Close the doors of any unused rooms when heating the house
- Install heavy curtains to keep the heat in and make sure they have a pelmet which stops cold air circulation
- Check for leaks around windows and doors. These let in cold air and can make a huge difference when trying to heat a room
- Replace old lights bulbs with fluorescent lights or LEDs which use much less energy and last longer
- Turn appliances off at the power point overnight and when you’re at work. TV’s, CD players, gaming systems, microwaves, etc left on standby power can comprise about 10 per cent of your energy usage
- Turn off the hot water system when you leave the house for more than five days
- Turn the thermostat on your hot water system down to 60 degrees, any hotter is a waste of power. Insulate the water pipe from your hot water system and fix any dripping hot water taps
- Wash clothes in cold water. Use a clothes horse instead of a dryer
- Use water efficient shower heads. Also try to keep showers down to four minutes and make sure you tell the kids about this.
Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT) can be borrowed free of charge from Council by Launceston's residents.
HEAT provides practical tools and information to help householders conduct a simple home audit and discover easy ways to cut their households energy costs.
The kits contain a number of tools including a Power-Mate, which is a small meter that displays energy usage and cost for appliances, an infrared thermometer, room thermometer and a range of other tools.
The tools come with supporting information describing how and where to use the tools for key areas of energy use and cost saving opportunities in the home (such as Fridges/Freezers; Cooking; Entertainment; Home Office and Hot Water etc.).
For enquiries and bookings please contact us. For more information see these HEAT information sheets.
The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever, causing long term pollution issues to marine life and the food chain.
Plastic Free July is a national initiative which aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.
Click here to register and for tips on how to reduce the use of single use plastics.
Sponsored by the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group, the 2017 Waste NoT Awards are now open to individuals, organisations and schools.
From recycling to re-invention, up-cycling, and education initiatives, the Waste NoT Awards recognise and reward the efforts of those who are improving their waste management practices.
Entry is free and open to entrants and nominees who are based and/or operate in North and North West Tasmania.
For more information and an application form go to rethinkwaste.com.au.
Entries close at 5pm on Thursday August 31, 2017.