Climate action resources for households
As part of its Climate Change Response, the Queensland Government is committed to supporting households as the state transitions to a zero net emissions economy and adapts to the impacts of a changing climate.
Improved energy, water and waste management can reduce a household’s utility bills, reduce its carbon footprint and help preserve natural resources.
Individuals and households have an important role to play in taking climate action to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Queensland.
Actions you can take
Below are some actions you and your household can take.
- Reduce your carbon footprint—for example, choose a car based on its fuel efficiency, use public transport, walk or ride where possible, wash clothes in cold water, buy green energy and select energy efficient appliances.
- Reduce your purchase of plastics and/or excessive packaging.
- Recycle as much as you can and make sure you follow recycling guidelines.
- Use less chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.
- Use reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee cups.
- Reduce food wastage in your household with a worm farm.
- Buy locally grown food to reduce food transportation and emissions associated with your food.
- Get involved in sustainability and citizen science projects and initiatives in your local area.
- Encourage members of your household and others in your network to adopt sustainable behaviours.
- Assess and manage the exposure of your household to climate change risks by using our climate change risk management tool for households in Queensland.
The resources list below provides useful information and tools to help you take action.
- Get Ready Queensland provides tools and resources to help you prepare for storm season.
- Your Energy Savings provides information about saving energy, saving money and available government assistance. This includes how to understand your energy bills and electricity and gas market offers.
- The Energy Efficiency Council provides information on how to make your home energy efficient.
- Live For Less provides tips, DIYs and advice on sustainable living.
- Your Home provides a guide to building, buying or renovating a home with low impact on the environment.
- The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) is a star rating system (out of ten) that rates the energy efficiency of a home, based on its design.
- The Green Vehicle Guide provides buyers with information on the performance of light vehicles sold in Australia to reduce the impact on the environment.
- The Australian Government’s energy efficiency standards and rating systems helps individuals buy more efficient appliances, which reduces emissions and saves money.
- Climate science and data resources including regional climate change impacts and Queensland’s latest greenhouse gas inventory.