We have put together a toolkit of things you can do to conserve energy in your own home and you natural environment.
Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT)
Council has a number of HEAT kits that are available for the community to use on loan. You can use them to investigate your energy use and then decide on practical ways to reduce your energy bills. For more information please contact us.
Take it Home
This program is targeted at primary and secondary school students and their families/carers to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, improve the comfort levels and liveability of their homes and their schools. For more information please contact us.
Solar Power Generation Systems
Council has undertaken the installation of solar panels on a number of key facilities to offset energy usage costs and reduce its carbon footprint. These sites were carefully chosen after energy usage evaluations and return on investment estimates were conducted and are remotely monitored for ongoing evaluation of their performance.
The installation sites are:
- Kingborough Civic Centre – Kingston – 50 kilowatt roof mounted system
- Barretta Waste Management Facility – Barretta Tip Shop – 15 kilowatt roof mounted system
- Twin Ovals Facility – Kingston – 12 kilowatt roof mounted system
- Kettering Community Hall – 5 kilowatt roof mounted system
Council staff routinely monitor and evaluate energy usage data for the key facilities that it operates. This allows for targeted energy efficiency improvement programs and works to be undertaken ongoing.
The largest energy using sites are the Kingborough Civic Centre, Kingborough Sports Centre, Kingborough Works Depot and Barretta Waste Management Facility.
Council staff routinely monitor and evaluate fuel usage and efficiency of the different types of vehicles in its light fleet. This is done to inform decision making regarding vehicle make, model and technology choices.
Smarter Fleets Program
Kingborough has been chosen by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office to participate in a 12 month pilot program to improve all aspects of local government fleet management. The program is called the Smarter Fleets Program and it is designed to help council better understand and reduce fleet costs and potential inefficiencies.
Council has one hybrid electric vehicle in its light fleet (a Camry) and has been involved in trialing plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles via a feasibility program facilitated by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office.
The peak body for electric vehicles in Tasmania is the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.