NSW Energymark was a CSIRO initiative in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage helping households lower power bills and reduce our impact on the environment.
Local education to increase people's knowledge and awareness of the link between electricity use and carbon pollution is important.
In this Program, one person signs up as a convenor and then gathers a small group of participants – family, friends, neighbours or workmates – to start a conversation using the supplied information on energy, climate change, water and waste. Kitchen table conversations are a proven education method to engage people in complex issues.
A successful 12-month trial of Energymark in Newcastle saw participants cut power by 37 per cent and their carbon footprint by 27 per cent.
In 2011-2012 NSW Energymark participants reduced their energy consumption by 12.3 per cent and decreased their carbon footprint by 10.9 per cent.
Learn more about the history, results and achievements of this grassroots program by reading the final program report.