We offer a range of energy-saving initiatives to Boroondara residents - from energy assessments to solar advice and tools to assess the energy efficiency of your home. 

Energy saving advice

Sign up for an energy assessment

We’ve partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to offer our community quality home energy assessments for around half the regular price.

You will also be eligible for an additional discount if you have a:

  • Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card

The Australian Energy Foundation is a leading not-for-profit national energy organisation, empowering communities to be more energy efficient. 

Supporting you to reduce emissions is one of the actions in the Climate Action Plan – our plan to deliver what’s important to our community and keep reducing our city’s environmental footprint.

Getting a home energy assessment will help you see:

  • where you can save money on energy bills
  • what upgrades could be beneficial to reduce your emissions

The program involves the Australian Energy Foundation assessing your property using a nationally accredited tool. They will then give you tailored recommendations and an energy star rating on your home.

The program is designed for households with up to 5 bedrooms. If you have a larger home, we encourage you to contact the Australian Energy Foundation to talk about options for an assessment.  
Learn more and register your interest for an assessment at the Australian Energy Foundation’s website.

Energy advice service - Australian Energy Foundation

The Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) is a leading not-for-profit national energy organisation, empowering communities to be more energy efficient at home, school and work. We have partnered with AEF to provide the Boroondara community with free, simple energy advice relevant to you and your household.

Book a free 20 minute consultation with AEF

For more information call the AEF on 1300 23 68 55 or visit the AEF website.

Download their Guide to Creating an Energy-Efficient Home.

Home energy meter or thermal imaging cameras

Understanding how, when and why you use energy at home, at work or at school will help you make smart energy choices and reduce your carbon footprint.

Borrow a home energy meter

Energy meters help you track your home energy use and to understand how and when you use energy.

The meters are supplied as a kit with everything you need, including:

To borrow a meter, visit any of our libraries in person or reserve a Power-Mate Lite kit online.

Borrow a thermal imaging camera

Thermal imaging cameras help reveal where heat is leaking into or out of your house. They can show gaps in insulation, locate areas of draft and identify leaky fridge seals and high energy using appliances.

The camera comes as a kit with everything you need, including:

  • FLIR TG165 thermal imaging camera (plus SD memory card)
  • Charging cable and adaptor
  • Userguide

To borrow a meter, visit any of our libraries in person or reserve a Thermal Imaging Camera online.

Download Guide to Creating an Energy-Efficient Home


Install rooftop solar panels 

Installing rooftop solar panels on your home can: 

  • cut your energy bills 
  • reduce your environmental impact 
  • give you greater peace of mind against future electricity price rises 

We have partnered with Solar Savers, which is a local government program that can support you in getting rooftop solar.

Solar Savers offers: 

  • free and credible advice about solar energy and government rebates
  • a trusted solar installer chosen through a comprehensive assessment process

Learn more and request a quote for rooftop solar at the Solar Savers website.

We recommend checking if you need any permits before installing solar panels. You can read through our Install solar panels guide to help see if you need a permit to install solar panels on your property.


Composting at home is easy to do and avoids transporting food scraps to landfill where they produce harmful greenhouse gases as they break down.

See order a compost bin to buy a discounted compost bin, worm farm or bokashi system (for Boroondara residents), learn more about composting or brush up on your composting skills and knowledge.

To stay informed about our free sustainable living resources, workshops and events, subscribe to Living for our Future e-newsletter.

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