Members of St George Rowing Club are using rainwater to wash their boats as part of Community Savers. Photo courtesy of St George Rowing Club.
164 non-profit community groups will make their facilities more water and energy efficient through the Community Savers funding stream.
Individual community groups, including preschools, aged care facilities, disability services and recreational clubs, will receive up to $40,000 in funding to install improvements such as rainwater tanks, energy efficient lighting, insulation, dual flush toilets and water efficient fittings.
Together, these groups will save 847 million litres of water, 32,260 megawatt hours of electricity and 36,140 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the first 10 years alone.
Collectively, the groups will also save $909,375 per year on water and power bills, allowing more money to be put into community care, educational, spiritual, sporting and social activities.
With these groups, there are now 444 Community Savers projects across NSW, receiving $10.2 million and saving an estimated 2.2 billion litres of water and 84,410 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the first ten years. Participating organisations are able to save an average of $4,986 a year on their water and energy bills. These projects also show people who use the facilities how they can save on electricity and water from home.
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