Switch to Green Power
Green power is energy created from renewable sources such as wind, water and sunlight. Switching your household to accredited green power is the biggest single action you can take against climate change.
The graph to the right, shows a breakdown of energy use for a typical South Australian home. Of course all homes and people are different so please use these figures only as a guide.
Find out more about Green Power
Water Efficient Shower Heads
Install AAA rated shower heads which dispense water at 9litres/minute compared to 20-25litres/minute in a more traditional shower head. The less water needed the less energy required to heat. Find out more information on AAA rated shower heads.
Switching off lights is not the only way to save money and energy. Replace incandescent lighting in frequently lit rooms with fluorescent lighting, either tubes or compact fluorescent globes. This lighting uses approx one fifth the energy of incandescent globes and can last up to 10 times longer. Compact fluorescent globes are available at most supermarkets. Find out more about flourescent lighting
Heat entry and exit in your home can be greatly reduced by installing appropriate "R" value insulation in the ceilings and external walls (if possible). This will result in a lower need for heating and cooling. Find out more about insulating your home.
Set any heating and cooling thermostat temperatures as low as you feel comfortable with during winter (suggest 19-20oC) and as high as you feel comfortable with during summer (suggest 25-26C). Each 1C above during winter and below during summer will increase energy use by around 10%.
Solar Hot Water
Consider installing a solar hot water system. If you live in Adelaide the sun can contribute 60-70% of your hot water. This will significantly reduce the need to heat water using electricity or gas. Find out about the South Australian Solar Hot Water Heater Rebate Program see also the Photovoltaic Rebate Program.
This is energy used by an appliance/item while plugged in but not performing its primary function e.g. the red standby light on your TV/VCR. If an appliance has a standby mode, where and when appropriate switch off these appliances at the power point when not in use or when you are going away for a few days or more.
Energy (Star) Ratings
Where applicable use appliance Energy (Star) Ratings to select energy efficient appliances. The more stars the more efficient. Find out more about Energy (Star) Ratings.
Shade all windows, other than those that face south, with fixed shading devices e.g. awnings and pergolas. An unshaded square metre of glass will let in almost as much heat as a one-bar radiator.
Fans a re relatively inexpensive to run at around 2c/hr. While they do not cool the air they can reduce the need to switch on other higher energy consuming appliances and systems.
Try and get by with only one fridge/freezer. If you have a second fridge and/or freezer only turn it on when required, or better still dispose of it. There are lots of other ways to reduce energy with fridges.
Walk, bike, carpool or use public transport. Check your tyres – keeping them properly inflated improves mileage.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In this order… for more information go to Zero Waste SA. or to find about recycling in your area go to recycling near you
Plant a Tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Visit the Planet Ark Tree Day site