Personal Actions

Actions you can take

Not sure where to start? We’ve made it simple for you.

We all make upgrades to our homes and businesses. The choices we make can have positive or negative impacts on the climate.
Over the next 5 to 8 years, we all have five choices to make to benefit the climate and our wallets.
Make the switch to

  1. Renewable Energy
  2. Electric Heating
  3. Electric Hot water
  4. Electric Cooking
  5. Electric Transport

This website and our community network helps you to take the active steps listed below towards decarbonising your energy use at home and work, saving your money and emissions.

Every step you take gets us closer to our collective target of 70% reduced emissions on the Mornington Peninsula by 2030! The sooner we all act, the sooner we will all make a difference!

Community EV charging station, Sorrento

Decarbonise your Home & Car

Step 1 The easiest! Switch to a 100% renewable electricity provider. We recommend Diamond Energy.

Step 2 Understand your home energy use. We recommend Powerpal’s free home energy monitor.

Step 3 Make your home more energy efficient. We recommend Green Moves assessments and advice.

Step 4  Electrify your home’s heating & cooling system (with government rebate).

Step 5  Electrify your home’s hot water system (with government rebate).

Step 6  Electrify your home’s cooktop.

Step 7 Add solar power to your roof to save more (with government rebate). We recommend these local installers.

Step 8 Replace your petrol/diesel car with an Electric Bike or EV (with government subsidy).

Step 9 Compensate for your current car emissions as you transition. Go Neutral 

Optional further steps that are situation specific

Step 10 Install a house battery (with government rebate). We recommend these local installers.

Step 11 Join a Virtual Power Plant pilot to help stabilise the grid (with government rebate)

Step 12 Join a peer-to-peer virtual energy network trading excess solar energy (coming soon).

Need Finance?

See 6 Ways to Finance Solar, apply for the Solar Victoria interest free loan through your solar installer, and contact Bendigo Bank or Brighte.

Need Help Paying Your Bills

Talk to your energy retailer. Apply for the Power Saver Bonus for Concession & some Health Care Card Holders.

Want to Do Even More?

Learn how to decarbonise other aspects of your life with One Small Step

Let us Know!

We’d love to hear about the steps you’ve taken. 

 

Dietmar’s Story, Mount Martha

In March 2021 we installed a new 10.73 kW solar PV system on the roof of our house. The total system cost was $10,445 without rebate. After installation, we decided to switch to only electric heating in our house.

Our main motivation was switching to clean energy to reduce our emissions followed by the financial savings. Our house has a pool and a spa, both of which use a large amount of electricity.

Since making the change we feel a lot better about our energy usage and environmental footprint. We also feel less guilty about running the air conditioning in the summer, when the hot sun now produces a lot of extra renewable electricity.

Over the first 12-month period, our electricity bill was $2,454 lower than the previous 12 months. In addition, our gas bill was $446 lower. So, in the first 12 months the overall energy cost savings have been $2,900, outperforming our highest expectations. We also saved an estimated 20 tons of CO2 emissions. The only regret that I have is not installing the system sooner!

We also recently ordered an electric vehicle (MG ZS EV) going for the lowest cost option. My drive to work is 50 km each way and the EV will greatly reduce the overall cost/km and my emissions, especially when we charge it directly from our solar PV system! Exciting times! 

For our solar installation we used South Beach Solar and would definitely recommend them.

Solar install at Flinders General Store, Flinders

Decarbonise your Small Business

Step 1 The easiest! Switch to a 100% renewable electricity providor. We recommend Diamond Energy.

Step 2 Make your building more energy efficient. We recommend Green Moves assessments and advice.

Step 3 Upgrade your energy efficiency through the Small Business Energy Saver Program (with government rebate)

Step 4 Add solar power to your roof through the Solar for Business Program (with government rebate). We recommend these local installers.

Need Finance?

Apply for Environmental Upgrade Finance

We’d love to hear about the steps you’ve taken. 

 

Bass and Flinders Distillery, Dromana

The Bass & Flinders Distillery in Dromana recently flicked the switch on their brand new 39 kW solar system, saving them $9,724 per year on energy costs as well as 52 tonnes of CO2.

To complete the solar project they worked with the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Sustainable Australia Fund – becoming the fifteenth Mornington Peninsula business to receive Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF).

See full details on the installation here undertaken by local solar installation company – Dunton Group.

Decarbonise Community Organisation

Step 1 The easiest! Switch to a 100% renewable electricity providor. We recommend Diamond Energy.

Step 2 Make your building more energy efficient. We recommend Green Moves assessments and advice.

Step 3 Electrify your community housing’s heating & cooling system (with government rebate).

Step 4  Electrify your hot water system (with government rebate).

Step 5  Add solar power to your roof through the Solar for Business Program (with government rebate) or to social housing. We recommend these local installers.

Need Finance?

Need finance? Contact Corena Fund or Sustainable Finance Mechanism or NAB Foundation Community Grants

We’d love to hear about the steps you’ve taken. 

 

New Peninsula Baptist Church, Mount Martha

New Peninsula Baptist Church in Mount Martha recently installed a 66.6kw solar PV system, made up of 148 x 450w panels combined with 2 x 27kw inverters. They were motivated to install the system to cut ongoing operating costs and to reduce their carbon emissions.

The expected savings from the system are in the range of $17k per annum, and already in the first 6 months they have seen $10k of savings.