This Thursday is World Environment Day and Burdekin residents are being encouraged to do an energy audit to see how they can save energy and reduce their impact on the environment.
Burdekin Shire Council’s Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said with increasing energy costs, an energy audit could potentially save residents hundreds of dollars.
“Council recently underwent an energy audit of all Council facilities to determine where electricity usage could be reduced _ decreasing the organisation’s carbon footprint and saving money in the process,” she said.
“With the cost of electricity set to rise about 11 per cent this financial year, there is potential for Council to make some substantial savings.
“The audit of Council’s facilities highlighted many cost-saving opportunities, including closing accounts, switching tariffs and effecting energy efficient upgrades.
“These changes could potentially save Council over $250,000.”
Mrs Whitworth said residents also could save money by doing an energy audit of their home or business.
“It could be as easy as switching off your hot water system when you go on holidays, switching off appliances at the wall and lights when they’re not in use, making sure your refrigerator is sealing properly and replacing your lights with energy saving bulbs,” she said.
“All of these combined will make a difference in your energy usage.”
World Environment Day (June 5, 2014) is a day to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment.