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ACTSmart Programs and Assistance

Useful web links

Here are some useful links to other organisations outside the ACT Government. Please let us know if you have suggestions for additional links. 

You can also access a web portal for all kinds of ACT Government grants External Link and the Australian Government's GrantsLink External Link portal to government environment grants in Australia. 

Your household
ACTEW waterwise gardening workshop External Link FREE workshops about the use of drip irrigation, water-efficient watering practices, drought-tolerant plants and mulching.
ActewAGL Energy Saving House Call External Link  A free energy efficiency program to provide you with energy saving products. Energy Efficiency teams make free energy saving house calls to homes in the ACT to install products that can help reduce your energy bills.
Energy Freedom External Link A program aimed at helping householders to reduce emissions, energy costs and improve the thermal comfort of their homes.
Green it Yourself External Link

Green It Yourself is a free video-based resource that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make smart, savvy and money-saving changes to your home to make it an energy-efficient machine.

‘Green’ renting  External Link  Not-for-profit organisation providing sustainability advice specifically for those living in rental accommodation.
YourEnergySavings External Link  Australian Government information
LPG vehicle scheme External Link Australian Government grants for the LPG conversion of a registered motor vehicle or the purchase of a new vehicle fitted with LPG prior to first registration.
YourHome, technical information on home design External Link Building, buying or renovating a home? Learn how to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment – economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to your changing needs. It also provides ideas on how to adapt your home to a changing climate.
Your business
Carbon Neutral External Link Carbon Neutral is a carbon solutions provider and reforestation developer. They help organisations and individuals across Australia minimise their impact on the environment by working with them to measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Ratings External Link The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program is a joint initiative of the Australian, Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and the New Zealand Government. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand in both countries. It also reduces the running costs of appliances and products for households and businesses with star ratings and energy efficiency.
Green Building Fund External Link  Australian Government program to reduce the energy consumed in the operation of existing commercial office buildings.
The savewater!® Alliance External Link  Works with member organisations to invest in delivering a range of outcomes such as water conservation and efficiency, valuing water products and initiatives, product and technology solutions and more ideas on saving water. 
Your school
National Solar Schools Program External Link Australian Government grants to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks.
Teachers Environment Fund External Link Teachers Credit Union fund that assists public schools in their long-term sustainability through grants for water and energy saving projects, composting and recycling projects, tree planting and biodiversity projects and other suitable environmental projects.
Junior Landcare Awards External Link Landcare Australia's program to get kids actively involved in their environment.
Your community group
Alternative Technology Association (ATA) External Link Not-for-profit organisation that exists to connect, inspire and assist people to make sustainable choices in their homes and communities, such as renewable energy and sustainable building.
Canberra Environment Centre External Link Work directly with the community to ensure the best environmental outcomes for the ACT through targeted education, information and practical application.
Caring for our Country External Link Australian Government natural resource management initiative.
ClimateXchangeExternal Link

Canberra's community online sustainability forum finding local information, events, and organisations concerned with climate change and sustainability

Conservation Council External Link The voice for the environment in the ACT representing community environmental and sustainability groups in the region.

Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations External Link

Australian Government program to assist eligible community-based environment and heritage organisations with their administrative funding.
GreenPower External Link GreenPower is the only voluntary government accredited program that enables your energy provider to purchase renewable energy on your behalf.
Links to community groups External Link Links for some of the ACT's community groups which have an environmental focus.
SEE-Change External Link A community, not-for-profit group that aims to inspire, inform and support action to reduce Canberra's ecological footprint.
Sustainability information and research External Link  Moreland Energy Foundation undertakes community engagement, consultation, provides professional development and advocates on energy efficiency, renewable energy and related policy and planning issues.

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