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Why becoming energy efficient can also
help reduce climate change

Energy production and how we use it are two of the primary causes of climate change, accounting for a whopping two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)1. Increasing energy efficiency is a cost-effective way to combat climate change and is something we can do as individuals. Energy efficiency not only slows climate change, but it also saves homes and companies’ money, boosts job creation, and limits harmful power plant pollution2

 

But what does energy efficiency mean?

 

Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide the same service.

 

For example, you can now light a room with an LED light that looks no different to a lit room 30 years ago but the globe itself and the total amount of energy required to power it has changed. Technology has moved from an inefficient incandescent filament lamp to a compact fluorescent lamp and now most recently to a light emitting diode (LED) and these improvements mean consumers have been able to reduce their energy consumption whilst still lighting their homes.

 

How can I become more energy efficient in my home?

 

The average Australian home is responsible for a massive 7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year 3. You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by taking some of the following energy efficient actions.

1. Switch off unused lights and appliances

 

How you live in your home makes a huge difference to the power bill each quarter. Even if you had an amazingly sustainable design and only 5 Star Rated appliances, if you have ‘energy hungry behaviours’ your power bill won’t be as low as it could.

 

Switching appliances off at the wall is a good habit to form. Measurements by COOLmob on standby power showed that you could see possible savings of $50 – $150 per year just by switching off appliances at the power point!

2.Use energy efficient light globes

 

Lighting can account for about 7-10% of the energy used in your home4. Switching to energy-efficient lighting like LED’s is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. A lot of the time you can quite easily self-replace old halogens with LED globes. Also, optimise natural lighting where possible and make sure you turn the lights OFF every time you leave the room. It is a common myth that it takes more energy to turn on a light than you save by turning it off when not needed.

3. Use energy efficient appliances

 

From your air conditioner to your washing machine there is energy to be saved by purchasing energy efficient appliances. When choosing appliances, look for those with high energy efficiency star rating, and the more stars the better!

 

All large appliances sold in Australia are required to demonstrate their star rating, and you can compare models on the website http://www.energyrating.gov.au/products.

4. Switch to clean energy

Millions of Australians are deciding to join the renewables revolution by moving away from polluting energy sources and taking advantage of the free power of the sun! We’re very lucky in Darwin in that we receive some of the most ideal weather conditions for solar PV in the entire world!

COOLmob sat down with Country Solar NT to ask all the important questions about going solar in your home! You can read the interview on the COOLmob website and whilst you’re there, check out the Guide to Going Solar!

 

To learn more about how you can become more energy efficient, you can visit coolmob.org.

References

[1] https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WEO2015SpecialReportonEnergyandClimateChange.pdf

[2] http://aceee.org/files/pdf/fact-sheet/ee-job-creation.pdf

[3] https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/5-ways-you-can-tackle-climate-change-on-the-daily/

[4] https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/energy-and-environment/using-saving-energy/lighting

 

Why becoming energy efficient can also
help reduce climate change

Energy production and how we use it are two of the primary causes of climate change, accounting for a whopping two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)1. Increasing energy efficiency is a cost-effective way to combat climate change and is something we can do as individuals. Energy efficiency not only slows climate change, but it also saves homes and companies’ money, boosts job creation, and limits harmful power plant pollution2

 

But what does energy efficiency mean?

 

Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide the same service.

 

For example, you can now light a room with an LED light that looks no different to a lit room 30 years ago but the globe itself and the total amount of energy required to power it has changed. Technology has moved from an inefficient incandescent filament lamp to a compact fluorescent lamp and now most recently to a light emitting diode (LED) and these improvements mean consumers have been able to reduce their energy consumption whilst still lighting their homes.

 

How can I become more energy efficient in my home?

 

The average Australian home is responsible for a massive 7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year 3. You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by taking some of the following energy efficient actions.

1. Switch off unused lights and appliances

 

How you live in your home makes a huge difference to the power bill each quarter. Even if you had an amazingly sustainable design and only 5 Star Rated appliances, if you have ‘energy hungry behaviours’ your power bill won’t be as low as it could.

 

Switching appliances off at the wall is a good habit to form. Measurements by COOLmob on standby power showed that you could see possible savings of $50 – $150 per year just by switching off appliances at the power point!

2.Use energy efficient light globes

 

Lighting can account for about 7-10% of the energy used in your home4. Switching to energy-efficient lighting like LED’s is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. A lot of the time you can quite easily self-replace old halogens with LED globes. Also, optimise natural lighting where possible and make sure you turn the lights OFF every time you leave the room. It is a common myth that it takes more energy to turn on a light than you save by turning it off when not needed.

3. Use energy efficient appliances

 

From your air conditioner to your washing machine there is energy to be saved by purchasing energy efficient appliances. When choosing appliances, look for those with high energy efficiency star rating, and the more stars the better!

 

All large appliances sold in Australia are required to demonstrate their star rating, and you can compare models on the website http://www.energyrating.gov.au/products.

4. Switch to clean energy

Millions of Australians are deciding to join the renewables revolution by moving away from polluting energy sources and taking advantage of the free power of the sun! We’re very lucky in Darwin in that we receive some of the most ideal weather conditions for solar PV in the entire world!

COOLmob sat down with Country Solar NT to ask all the important questions about going solar in your home! You can read the interview on the COOLmob website and whilst you’re there, check out the Guide to Going Solar!

 

To learn more about how you can become more energy efficient, you can visit coolmob.org.

References

[1] https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WEO2015SpecialReportonEnergyandClimateChange.pdf

[2] http://aceee.org/files/pdf/fact-sheet/ee-job-creation.pdf

[3] https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/5-ways-you-can-tackle-climate-change-on-the-daily/

[4] https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/energy-and-environment/using-saving-energy/lighting