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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Save Your Energy
With the electricity and household bills on the rise, there’s never been a
better time to ensure your home is energy efficient.
To keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, take advantage of
these special offers all designed to make your home more efficient, and
therefore more affordable and sustainable.
Home Energy Ideas
Central Victoria Solar City (CVSC) offers free 90-minute Home Energy
The next 150 Ballarat households who participate in an assessment will be
offered a free In Home Display (IHD). The displays are like a fuel gauge for
household energy use, with readings that detail consumption of electricity.
For information, visit www.centralvictoriasolarcity.com.au or call 0467 519 002.
Ballarat Save + Raise offers free home energy consultations to assess possible
savings on power, gas and water bills. Also on offer are free energy-saving
lightbulbs and water-saving showerheads, installed at no charge.
For each consultation booking, Ballarat Save + Raise will contribute up to
$30 to your chosen community group.
For information, visit www.saveandraise.com.au/save-ballarat.html or call
1300 855 362.
Refit n' Save offers free workshops on how to make your home more efficient,
warm in winter and cool in summer. There are also discounts from commercial
businesses on a range of products that improve home energy efficiency.
For information, visit www.refitnsave.org.au or call 5329 1732.
Ballarat Renewable energy And Zero emissions (BReAZe) offer fee-for-
ser vice sustainability audits for businesses.
For information, visit www.breaze.org.au or call 5329 1730.
Be sure to also check with your energy retailer about what services it
offers to improve home efficiency.
Please note – City of Ballarat is not an official partner in any of the commercial
aspects of the above programs. Council supports energy efficiency and
creating a more sustainable Ballarat.
Preparing for the Fire
Summer is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to prepare for
the upcoming fire season.
Residents are encouraged to inspect their properties, complete necessar y
household chores and keep their properties neat and tidy throughout the
Important jobs include cutting back long grass to a maximum height of
100mm, removing any fine fuels and clearing building gutters.
Absentee property owners are particularly urged to arrange regular inspections
of their properties, ensuring the fire risk is minimised.
City of Ballarat works closely with the Countr y Fire Authority (CFA) and
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), along with the local
community, to ensure Ballarat and surrounding townships are well prepared
for the fire season.
Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer will be undertaking fire hazard
inspections before the start of the Fire Danger Period. Fire prevention
notices are issued when deemed necessar y to protect life and property
from threat of fire. Fire Prevention Notices must be adhered to under the
CFA Act 1958.
For information on protecting properties from fire threat, visit the websites of
City of Ballarat (www.ballarat.vic.gov.au) and the CFA (www.cfa.vic.gov.au).
CFA’s Home Bushfire Advice Ser vice
The CFA offers advice to assist property owners with personal fire preparation
How to decide what you and your family should do on high bushfire
Where fire hazards are on your property, and how to manage them
Options for maintenance and improvements
The CFA supplies:
One-on-one advice from a fire expert and a confidential written report
To book a FREE Home Bushfire Advice Visit, contact the CFA at (03) 5329
5518 or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/firesafety; or call the Victorian Bushfire
Information Line on 1800 240 667 (TTY 1800 122 969).
Above: Cr Noel Perry and City of Ballarat support a sustainable city. Council’s Phoenix
building, Armstrong St South, is a collection point for recycling fluorescent lightbulbs.
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