There are many simple things we can all do at home and when out and about which will help protect Bayside's beautiful natural environment.
To help our residents reduce energy and costs we have partnered with the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils to develop the Our Energy Future program https://ourenergyfuture.org.au/. This website has tips on how to save energy, install solar power or to get a home energy assessment.
In the meantime here are some quick energy tips.
Insulation - is the most effective barrier against the summer heat and the winter cold. Ceiling insulation can help you stop losing between 20 and 40 per cent of your heating and cooling. You can even top up existing ceiling insulation to gain additional performance.
Choose energy efficient appliances – when purchasing a new appliance such as a fridge or washing machine check out the star rating. The more stars, the more energy/gas efficient the appliance is. If you are comparing two appliances with the same stars, look at the numbers on the energy rating label. The lower the numbers, the more energy/money you save.
Use the sun’s power - use your clothes line rather than the clothes dryer. If that is not possible remember to clean the dryer filter before each use and don’t overload the dryer.
Temperature control - by setting your heating thermostat between 18-21°C, you can decrease your running costs by up to 10%. In summer, keep your air conditioner’s thermostat between 23°C – 26°C.
Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between loads.
Install water efficient appliances, taps and shower heads – the more stars the more water efficient the appliance saving you money while helping the environment.
Only water the garden when necessary - test the soil with your finger; if it's damp two centimetres down you don't need to water.
Dripping taps – you would be amazed but a dripping tap can amount to litres of wasted water and money each day. Make sure your taps are switched off properly. If your hose continues to drip, check or replace your hose fittings. If your tap continues to leak, get them fixed.
For more information on saving water visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/saving-water.htm
Plant Choice - using locally native shrubs, trees and grasses will provide a safe haven for native animals and help them move safely through your neighbourhood.
Plant Variety - open lawn consumes large amounts of water and allows for certain unwanted bird species to thrive (such as Indian Mynas). Instead, convert lawn to native bushland with various grasses, shrub and tree heights.
Protect our bushland - never dump weeds, prunings or grass clippings in the bush or local parks as they introduce new weeds and spread others.
Protecting the Environment When Out and About
Walking your dog - please keep your dog on-lead unless in an off-leash area. This will help protect the beautiful native birds of Bayside from over-excited dogs. And don't forget to pick up your dog droppings and place them in a bin.
Place your litter in a bin or take it home - every bit of litter (including apple cores and orange peels) all impact negatively on the native plants and animals that live in your neighbourhood. If you cannot find a bin or the bin is full please take your rubbish home and place it in your bin.
Explore Natural Environments
Bayside is fortunate in having many beautiful beaches, wetlands and bushland areas to visit. Many of these areas also provide a safe home to plants and animals so rare that they are threatened with extinction.
Visit Council's many parks to see the range of places that are perfect for a local weekend wander.
Community gardens provide our residents with the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables in a social setting meeting other like-minded individuals. If you have a proposal for a community garden in your area, please complete the Community Gardens Expression of Interest form.
Come and enjoy the natural environment as we work together to help protect and restore Bayside's natural environment through Bayside's Bushcare program.
Grey Headed Flying Foxes – a nationally endangered species making its home in Bayside Council