Saving energy

Free energy advice

We’ve teamed with leading sustainable solutions organisation Renew to show you how to live more sustainably and work out which energy products are right for you.

The new service will include quarterly information sessions, one-on-one ‘speed date’ drop-in sessions, and access to free 10-minute advice over the phone and discounted one-hour energy consultations (a subsidised rate of $99).

Guidance will be available across a range of areas including:

  • Solar PV systems/panels
  • Solar hot water
  • Heat pumps
  • Energy storage options
  • heating and cooling options
  • Insulation
  • All-electric homes
  • Energy bills
  • Electric vehicles

To access the phone advice service or to book an energy consultation, contact Renew on 03 9631 5423 or email mvcc@renew.org.au.

More details on the information and speed date drop-in sessions will be available soon. Sign up to the Green Living newsletter for updates.

If you’ve already booked in for a consult, please fill out this short pre-consult survey.

Next session

Home Energy Solutions hosted by Renew

Monday, 18 March 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Council Chambers, Moonee Ponds

Register at mvcc.vic.gov/greenliving

Are you a high user of electricity?

At our Civic Centre in Moonee Ponds, we are proud to have cut greenhouse emissions by 46%, and now we want to help you do the same at home.

It's very useful to have a look at your electricity and gas bills as a first step (and don’t forget to keep these bills, so that you can later see the progress you are making).

On your electricity bill, see how many kWh per day you are using. Compare this with the table below to find out if your household is a high user of electricity.

Number of people living in your house Daily electricity use range (Low range > High range)
1 person 4kWh > 9kWh
2 people 7kWh > 17kWh
3 people 10kWh > 23kWh
4 people 13kWh > 29kWh
5 people 15kWh > 33kWh
6 people 17kWh > 36kWh

Are you a high user of electricity? Check out our household electricity consumption fact sheet (pdf, 286KB) to find out simple ways to save electricity at home and then sign up with one of our great programs.

Thinking about solar?

Now is the perfect time to save money with solar. Rising feed-in tariffs mean that homes are now getting at least 11.3 cents back per kilowatt hour.

Where to go for information?

The Clean Energy Council offer advice for consumers including an accredited solar supplier list.

The Victorian Government is currently supporting residents reduce their energy bills through the Solar Homes package.

Moonee Valley residents go solar

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Avondale Heights residents, David and Vivien switched to solar and are delighted with the results.

David and Vivien understood solar and how to maximise savings, so once the system was up they shifted a lot of their energy use to the daytime, getting as much free power as possible.

Vivien is passionate about the environment, which was her main driver for installing solar, while David was happy that they could make significant savings on their bills.

“During the warmer months we are basically only paying the service costs. Our bills are about $12 per month and in winter they might be up to $30 or $40 per month because the solar generates less,” David says.

“We mostly try to use our solar power, so we only get a small feed in tariff but our bills are very low,” says Vivien.

Home environment kit

Find out how your home is performing with our Home Environment Kit. This kit contains equipment and instructions to help you find ways of saving energy and water around your home.

Home Environment Kit

The Home Environment Kit contains the following equipment:

  1. Energy smart thermometer - to measure hot water temperature, room temperature and fridge and freezer temperatures. You may have things hotter or colder than they need to be.
  2. Infra-red thermometer - to measure surface temperatures such as walls and windows. You may be losing or gaining heat which can be fixed with insulation or shade.
  3. Energy monitor - to measure energy consumption of your appliances to see which ones need to be used sparingly, and where standby power is being drawn needlessly.
  4. Light meter - to help apply the ideal light conditions in your home and using energy wisely.
  5. Water flow measure cup - to assess how much water your shower and taps use and to see whether you should reduce the flow rates.

To see how to use this kit, view this instruction video guide. Use our easy to read factsheet to find out how well your home performs when it comes to electricity usage.

To book the kit, residents can call their local library or place a request via the library catalogue.

Victorian Energy Saver website

Reduce your energy bills and improve your homes efficiency with the Victorian Government's Energy Saver website.

Last updated: Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 5:22 AM