Lower Carbon Emissions

Draught Proofing Your Home

9 out of 10 homes in Victoria have unwanted draughts and at this time of year they are particularly unwanted.

Draught proofing is finding and fixing draughts to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Whilst good ventilation helps reduce condensation and damp and can help cool down a hot house, draughts are uncontrolled – they let too much cold air in and waste too much heat.

Draughts come into your house through gaps and cracks around doors, windows, exhaust fans, fireplaces and so on. To draught-proof your home you will firstly need to find the draughts.

  • Look for obvious gaps 
    Visible light under and around doors and windows is a good clue.

  • Listen for rattles or whistling 
    Take time out, especially during strong winds, to listen for rattles and whistling around doors and windows.

  • Feel for moving air 
    Feel around doors, windows, fireplaces, air outlets, vents, stairways, floorboards, exposed rafters and beams, built-in heaters and air conditioners, architraves and skirting boards.

  • Look for movement in curtains
    Movement in and around curtains can be an indicator of draughts.

Discover the best approach to seal the different draughts around your home.

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The Victorian Energy Saver Incentive Scheme provides support to Victorians who install certain draught-proofing and weather-sealing products.

Warning - Special care needs to be taken in houses that have internal gas appliances, especially houses with:

  • flueless gas heaters

  • a gas heater installed in a chimney

  • an open flued gas heater.

Fixed ventilation openings required for flueless and open flued gas heaters must not be blocked.




Port Phillip Just Got Greener

Making the move to 100 per cent renewable energy is the ultimate New Year’s resolution! Every light on our streets, every barbecue in our parks and every light in our buildings is now powered by renewable energy.

City of Port Phillip is part of an innovative wind power project that will reduce its total emissions by 87 per cent. Since 1 January 2019 everything from street lights to Council buildings has been powered by renewable electricity.

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an Australian first involving 14 organisations purchasing 88 GWh of electricity each year – that’s enough to power more than 17,000 households in Melbourne annually. The electricity is sourced from a new purpose built 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat.

Find out more about MREP here

Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) Scoops Award

City of Port Phillip took home the Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Government category for our work to make the ambitious Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) a reality.

MREP is a local government-led collaboration between public and private sectors to deliver electricity cost certainty while driving investment in renewable energy projects. The project demonstrates local government innovation and leadership in de-carbonising the electricity supply, which will play a critical role in attaining the Council’s ambitious climate goals for our organisation and the community we serve.

As part of MREP, Council will be supplied with 100 per cent green power for the next decade, reducing Council’s gross emissions by 87% and making it possible to attain and sustain our goal of zero net emissions by 2020/21 and beyond.

Council’s participation in the project involved active contributions staff from across council, including finance, assets, procurement, governance and sustainability over the last three years.

MREP enabled the construction of a new 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat. The MREP partners have signed long-term contracts to purchase 88GWh of electricity each year, which will avoid 96,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution every year. The project will also create 140 jobs during the wind farm construction, eight ongoing jobs, and new opportunities for local businesses in regional Victoria.

Photos courtesy of Pacific Hydro Australia

Solar Bulk Buy Evaluation

The numbers are in and they make for very pleasant reading for Port Phillip. We are delighted to announce we have concluded a successful Solar Bulk Buy Program. 

We supported 106 residents to install rooftop solar panels to their homes, surpassing our target of 100, and resulting in:

· 374 KW of solar panels installed

· Approximately 490,000 kWh of renewable energy generated annually

· 5.30 tonnes of carbon saved annually (Approximately 10,380 tonnes saved over the life              of the panels)

The Program was delivered through the Sustainable City Community Action Plan, which aims to support our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.

The City of Port Phillip has a very low rate of roof top solar installations compared to the rest of Australia, this program reduced the up-front cost of installation and provided trusted advice and support to participants.

Planning is currently underway to deliver a 2018/19 Solar Bulk Buy Program focusing on owner’s corporations and businesses.

Read here what one very happy customer had to say about her experience with the program. 

To find out more about solar at home click here

It's All Smiles With Solar

When Jill shares her excitement at having solar installed at home through Port Phillip’s Solar Bulk Buy Program, her friends tend to glaze over. “They think climate change is nonsense, they’re in denial”.

Jill, who has just turned 80, is a self-confessed ‘greenie’. She’s been composting and eating organic since the 70’s, before it was cool to compost and eat organic. I was intrigued why it had taken her so long to go solar.

Like many home owners, it had crossed her mind but she dismissed it as too complicated and expensive. The reality couldn’t have been more different, it took 3 months in total for applications and installation and she felt supported by Council and the installation company throughout.

“I met Brett Hedger, Greenhouse Programs Officer at Port Phillip, who recommended the solar bulk buy program and that started the ball rolling”.

Jill was also pleasantly surprised to find that the total cost of installing a 2kW system with 6 panels was under $4k. There’s no questioning the authenticity of her smile as she shows off her electricity bills, coming in at a measly $20 per quarter.

Living in a picture postcard Victorian terrace in South Melbourne, Jill had been concerned that heritage overlay would scupper her solar plans but that wasn’t the case. She was advised on the best position to place the panels, to maximise the sun’s power whilst complying with heritage overlay requirements.

Council’s Solar Bulk Buy Program supported 106 residents to install rooftop solar panels to their homes, resulting in:

•             374 KW of solar panels installed

•             $910,990 of investment by residents to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions

•             10,380 tonnes of CO2-e saved.  

The Program was delivered through the Sustainable City Community Action Plan, which aims to support our community to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.

The City of Port Phillip has a very low rate of roof top solar installations compared to the rest of Australia, this program reduced the up-front cost of installation and provided trusted advice and support to participants.

To find out more about solar at home click here. Planning is currently underway to deliver a 2018/19 Solar Bulk Buy Program focusing on owner’s corporations and businesses.

Why Buy a Car When You Can Share?

Car sharing has taken the world by storm and is operating in over 600 cities, including the City of Port Phillip.

Car share works by giving members access to cars for use either by the hour or by the day. There are designated parking spaces for these cars so members can avoid parking hassles when they're finished with the car.

The usage fee covers all expenses, including petrol, insurance, registration and maintenance. People who drive less that 5,000 km per year will likely find car share saves them money.

Car share also reduces the amount of cars in our city, relieving pressure on parking and reducing congestion.

"Being a car share member means I don't need to own my own car, leaving one more space on the street for people who really need it" Craig, Elwood resident.

The City of Port Phillip is now home to over 100 car share vehicles provided by:

Some Port Phillip residents make their vehicles available for sharing, through neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing platform Car Next Door.

Find out more about car share in the City of Port Phillip here and explore our Car Share Policy.