Choose where you live carefully
When you’re looking for a property, think about its location. Is it within walking or cycling distance of public transport, schools, work, shops and your recreation choices? On average, Australian households generate close to six tonnes of greenhouse gas and spend around $9000 each year on transport, $3500 being for fuel. Reducing your travelling time is better for the environment, your health and your hip pocket.
Try car pooling to work
If a work colleague lives close by you can travel together to reduce your costs. Alternate days with them to avoid one person doing all of the driving.
Try Car Share – it’s collaborative consumption
Collaborative consumption occurs when people participate in organised sharing, bartering, trading, renting, swapping and collectives to get the same pleasures of ownership with reduced personal cost and burden, and lower environmental impact. Rachel Botsman writes and speaks about the power of collaboration and sharing through network technologies, and on how it will transform business, consumerism and the way we live.
There are three main categories in this new economy:
1. You can pass on an item you no longer need.
2. You can join with others to share a resource.
3. You can pay to share an item rather than owning seeking to own it.
Be car wise
If you’re looking at buying a new car, choose a fuel efficient one, and consider going electric, especially if you use GreenPower at home. If you drive a car, minimise fuel consumption by avoiding traffic jams, combining travel tasks within one trip, and sharing rides with other people. If you use your car infrequently, consider selling it and using a commercial car share service.
For more information, go to:
- Green Vehicle Guide – The Green Vehicle Guide helps you by rating new Australia vehicles based on greenhouse and air pollution emissions. The rating is calculated by manufacturers from testing the vehicle against Australian standards.
Ride a bike or use public transport
Riding a bike is not only an eco-friendly way to travel it is also good exercise. Many local councils offer free bike riding lessons and equipment. If you are unable to ride, then catch a bus, train or tram. Leave the car at home whenever possible. Download a public transport app to your mobile phone to make planning trips easier. And walk whenever you can to benefit the environment as well as your health.
For more information, go to:
- The Australian Government’s Public Transport Services: An online guide to the public transport services in each state and territory. Click on each state for links that may include timetables, maps, route planners and information on fares and electronic ticketing.
- TravelSmart Australia: TravelSmart is about reducing our reliance on cars. The website contains tool kits and resources to help you make smart choices about other forms of transport. The TravelSmart website is no longer being maintained or updated but remains as an archive of information.