EnergyAustralia says New South Wales Central Coast households are expected to save more than $1 million on their water and energy bills and will reduce carbon emissions by almost 11,000 tonnes after taking part in their energy efficiency campaign. Energy and water saving devices were installed free of charge during March 2008 in about 3000 Central Coast households under a joint program between EnergyAustralia, Housing NSW and Wyong and Gosford Councils. EnergyAustralia energy efficiency expert Paul Myors says the households will now make long term reductions to energy and water use without changes to their lifestyles. “Energy efficient light bulbs were installed, water and energy saving showerheads fitted and water-saving Aqualocs were placed in taps in these Housing NSW homes,” he says. “Many of these homes have electric hot water systems. These systems are the most greenhouse intensive way to heat water in the home,” adds Myors. By cutting their hot water use, these homes are also reducing their electricity use, according to EnergyAustralia.