Minimise your carbon footprint
Save energy – you have the power
Climate change is a reality. It is already affecting rainfall and weather patterns, with the potential to significantly change our environment, economy and daily lives. The challenge that lies ahead is to significant cut our greenhouse gas emissions, which are driving climate change. One of the best ways we can do this is to save energy while on holidays.
When you're on holiday do the energy-saving things you would do at home. Simple things like not having the air conditioning on all the time and always turning it off when you leave the room, and not leaving the TV on standby can make a big difference. If your room is only a couple of floors up, take the stairs rather than the lift – exercise and energy saving.
And just because you're not paying directly for the electricity, don't leave the lights on.
Remember to unplug all of unnecessary electrical appliances (TVs and audio visual equipment, kitchen appliances such as kettles, microwaves and toasters) in your home prior to departing. These items still use energy when they are in off or standby mode. By unplugging them, you will decrease your home's energy usage and reduce your electricity bill.
Be water wise
Water shortages are becoming a major issue for many destinations around the world, including Victoria, and it is important that visitors do their bit to minimise the problem.
Saving water while you're on holiday can be as easy as reducing shower time to 4 minutes, using a plug when filling the sink, and turning off the tap when you're brushing your teeth, or shaving.
The average hotel or B&B in Victoria uses a significant amount of energy and water to launder sheets and towels daily. Consider using towels again rather than having freshly laundered ones each day.
Reduce, reuse and recycle…refuse
Some practical ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle in your travels:
- Buy products with minimal packaging and recycle any packaging where possible
- Avoid individually wrapped items
- Bring your favourite toiletries and encourage hotels to stock refillable dispensers
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Rather than using plastic bags, carry a cloth bag or backpack to pack your purchases rather than using plastic bags
- Don't forget rechargeable batteries for your camera and other gadgets.
Once you've finished your trip, pass on your brochures and guidebooks to a friend or second-hand bookshop. Or, leave them at your hotel for another guest to use – it also leaves your suitcase a little lighter.
Try to recycle waste items wherever possible. Look out for public recycling bins and if your accommodation has a recycling system, please use it.
Disposing of rubbish properly is essential to being a responsible visitor. Use the right bin for your litter, and if you smoke bin your butts in public butt bins or carry your own personal ashtray such as a used film canister.