|Posted on June 23, 2010 at 9:21 PM||comments (0)|
What you can do to reduce your power bill and energy consumption.
First reduce your energy use
How? Book a free home energy audit with CAS on firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Switch off lights, appliances and equipment when they're not needed.
2. Install energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps.
3. Divert garden and food wastes from landfill to composting
4. Make your home more comfortable by insulation, draught-sealing and shading windows and using curtains in summer and winter.
5. Manage home heating & cooling by setting thermostats appropriately – 18-20 degrees in winter & 25-27 degrees in summer. Saving 10% for every one degree cooler or warmer.
6. Cut hot water usage by installing a water-efficient showerhead, taking shorter showers and using cold water clothes washing.
7. Switch off your second fridge except when it's really needed.
8. Switch to low greenhouse impact transport options like bicycle or public transport - or use phone or email.
9. Minimise waste of packaging & materials – avoid, reduce, re-use, recycle.
10. Use solar power - dry your clothes on the clothes line outside, not in a dryer.
Second offset what energy you need to use
1. Green Power Choices – Confused? Go to Green Electricity Watch for an independent review of what is on offer and a rating score of how the company fares. http://www.greenelectricitywatch.org.au/
o 100% options
AGL Green Energy
Origin GreenEarth Wind
These will cost you 5.5 cents for each unit of GreenPower. Based on average electricity use, this will cost you $7.22 per week on top of your normal electricity charge.
o 20% options will cost you 3.8 c/green kWh and $0.99 per week with AGL
o 10% options will cost you 7.5c/green kWh and $0.99 per week with AGL
2. Offsetting Carbon emissions and pay for your CO2 emissions per tonne.
The choice requires careful consideration, there are plenty of scams. Go to
http://www.climatechange.gov.au/government/initiatives/greenhouse-friendly/products.aspx Greenhouse Friendly™ initiative has been operating since 2001 by the Australian Government.
• Greening Australia ($35 a tonne) offset program http://www.breatheeasynow.com.au/html/
• Carbon Neutral ($20 a tonne) not accredited yet
• Airlines have accredited offset programs