Being energy efficient means using less energy to achieve the same outcomes.

Whether we are heating, cooling or lighting our homes and businesses, or manufacturing and transporting goods and materials, we can optimise our energy use by improving our energy efficiency.

Why be energy efficient?

Being energy efficient and investing in energy efficiency practices and products

  • saves money
  • protects the environment
  • enhances industry productivity
  • contributes to a competitive market
  • assists in better managing energy demand
  • contributes to energy reliability and security.

What are the benefits of energy efficiency?

Energy efficiency in homes, businesses and industry can provide financial benefits through reducing energy bills.

Energy efficiency helps lower greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, which improves our environment.

Businesses benefit from energy efficiency through improved corporate citizenship, better community and customer relations, increased staff productivity and product output, reduced maintenance costs and improved workplace health and safety.

How can you save energy?

Read our tips on how you can cut your power bills or visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage External link website for information on how homes or businesses and communities can save energy.

For information on understanding your energy bill or electricity and gas market offers, visit the Your Energy Savings External link website.

How is the NSW Government investing in energy efficiency?

Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP) PDF [1.1 MB PDF], launched in response to Goal 5 of NSW 2021, consists of 30 actions that are focused on strengthening the energy efficiency market and helping NSW households, business and government to use energy more efficiently. For more information on the actions visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage External link website.

Energy Savings Scheme

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) External link is a NSW-based mandatory scheme that focuses on energy efficiency.

The ESS assists NSW households and businesses to reduce energy consumption and electricity bills. It does this by creating financial incentives to invest in energy saving. This is achieved by placing obligations on electricity retailers and other liable parties under the Electricity Supply Act 1995 External link.

To read more about the reviews, rule changes and exemptions, and how to participate in the scheme, visit the Division's Energy Savings Scheme web page.