The City of Gosnells, in partnership with the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, is working with the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to global efforts in relation to climate change.

To help achieve this goal, the City and its partners developed the award-winning Switch your thinking program.

Switch your thinking works with businesses, schools, community groups and residents to conserve energy and water, and reduce waste.

It offers discounts to residents on energy-smart and waterwise products, engages students in practical science activities and teaches seniors how to reduce their energy bills.

Since the initiative started in 2002, Switch your thinking has helped its program partners and the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 339,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, which is the same taking over 71,500 cars off the road for a year.

Switch your thinking is currently delivering the innovative Switched on Homes energy efficiency trial, thanks to a $880,000 grant from the Department of Industry and Science. 

Switched on Homes helps low income households reduce their electricity bills by delivering energy efficiency information in weekly text messages sent to participating households throughout 2015.

The trial is the first study in Western Australia that monitors the energy use of participating low income households to better understand how electricity is used.

Results of the trial will be analysed and evaluated by the CSIRO and the Department of Industry and Science to determine the effectiveness of the trial’s intervention methodology to inform future policy and program approaches.

Trial participant households may see reductions in their electricity bills through a combination of advice, personalised feedback about their household’s electricity use and the installation of energy efficient devices.

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