This booklet helps guide you through the basics of what you can do to help reduce utilities costs and to live more sustainably. It was designed for Victoria and the Eastern states but has a lot of good information.
Please check regarding differences regarding concessions and low income payment schemes mentioned.
The Summer Cooling Guide - provides a range of effective strategies to help keep your house cool over summer as well as indicating the average costs for cooling appliances and where they work best and extra information about the products available.
Extreme Heat - The heat waves experienced in a South Australian summer can be life threatening. Keeping safe in the heat particularly for older people, babies and people with ongoing health conditions needs careful management. The SA healths Extreme Heat guide is full of information about heat related conditions and staying safe.
Telecross REDi - For those vulnerable to heat and living alone or in isolated areas The Australian Red Cross provides Telecross REDi service which supports people by calling them daily during declared heatwaves to check on their well-being. Telecross REDi is activated when an extreme weather event is declared. If a call goes unanswered or if someone is in distress, an emergency procedure is activated to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the client.