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.
- Understand what climate change means for your household and community.
- 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.
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.