Umina Community Group (UCG) will hold a free community smart energy talk on Wednesday, February 21, commencing at 7pm at Umina Surf Life Saving Club.
The talk aims to help residents learn how they can become energy efficient at home and in their business to save money and reduce emissions.
“There is so much information that it is not easy to find out where to start, or you become overwhelmed and miss opportunities,” UCG project officer Sean Richardson said.
“We have planned the talks to be informative and help people take action that suits their circumstances.”
The idea of the talk arose from discussions of personal experience amongst UCG members and similar programs in other communities.
“While many people’s first thought is going solar, it is not possible for everyone,” Richardson said.
“People’s situations are different, whether that be their financial arrangements, or their living arrangements where they may be renting, in a strata development or in a standalone house or small business, which all need different approaches.
“There can be small simple changes that can make a large difference.”
Richardson said researching how UCG could help the local community had revealed that community groups and individuals around the district had been taking different approaches.
“To bring several of those ideas into the one spot will help local residents realise the variety of things they could be doing to improve their energy usage,” he said.
“There will also be information to help people become aware of various government grants and schemes they might be able to use in their home or business to help with some of the costs to becoming more energy efficient.”
The talk will be presented by people from the community with real-life experience and expertise with practical tips.
Topics to be covered are: making your home energy efficient; overcoming the roadblocks for home solar; and becoming involved in community energy trading.
For further information and registration go to https://www.uminacommunitygroup.com.au/