Sustainability at home

Tips for sustainable living

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage offers up-to-date tips on making smarter choices on water and energy use, reducing waste, recycling, choosing energy efficient appliances and saving money. 

Borrow an energy meter at your local library

Keep an eye on your energy usage by identifying which appliances are costing you the most. The Power Mate Lite energy meters measure the power an appliance uses both when in operation and also in standby mode - which can account for 10% of electricity consumption in the average home.

Energy meters are available to borrow from all Byron Shire libraries.


Rainwater Tank Rebate Program 

Rebates are accessible for residential town water customers in the Byron Shire. The Rous County Council Rainwater Tank Rebate program is available to eligible residential town water customers in the Rous region who wish to reduce their consumption of town water by installing a rainwater tank. Find out if you are eligible, and information on how to apply at Rous County Council . 

Ways to get Energy Savings

Discover ways to reduce your energy use that best suit how you live and work with the Charge Up Your Energy Program. 

Other service and programs

Solar for Low Income Households

The NSW Government is trialling a new way of helping people on low incomes reduce their electricity bills by installing 3 kilowatt solar systems on their homes.

The program also aims to improve energy affordability by helping households unlock long term savings on their electricity bills, with expected savings of more than $300 per year. 

The trial is only available to up to 3000 low-income households in selected NSW regions, including the North Coast region and certain Byron Shire postcodes. 

Further details and find out if you are eligible

Repower Byron Shire

Repower Byron Shire is a community movement led by COREM and Enova Community to support and inspire the transition to a renewable energy future. It’s about switching on people power by decreasing the cost of electricity, increasing local power generation and reducing carbon emissions.  The Repower Byron Shire campaign encourages people, like you, to strive to become Repowered.