There are many things that you can do to reduce the amount of energy used in your home, school and workplace. By reducing your energy consumption, you will lose less money to your energy bills and play your part in securing the stability of our climate. The following resources include great ideas on how you can reduce energy use in your day to day life, without changing your lifestyle.
Smart use of your household appliances
For comprehensive information on all the energy using appliances you may have in your home, visit the Household appliance and other energy uses webpage on the SA Government Website. On this site you can find operational information and running costs of individual appliances, as well as advice on how to use and maintain the equipment to reduce your energy consumption.
Energy in your home
Australian households are responsible for approximately 20 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The average household is responsible for release of more than 7 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent units, with the distribution of energy use being:
For further information on a breakdown of the amount of energy used by different electrical devices within your home, and for methods of how to make your home more energy efficient, visit the Federal Government’s Your Home Website.
A great way to assess the greenhouse gas emissions produced by your household is to calculate your carbon footprint. Additional help in managing your household energy use and costs is provided under the State Government’s Energy Partners Program.
Conduct a home energy audit
A good first step into making your house more energy efficient is to conduct a home energy audit and discover where the majority of your energy is being used. Under the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme free home energy audits can be provided by an obliged energy provider for low income households. Audits may be offered to other household types, which can be found out by checking with your energy provider.
Even if a free home energy audit isn’t available to you, information on how to conduct your own audit is readily available. The SA Government Website has a detailed guide to help you carry out your own audit.
Programs to help you make your house more energy efficient
As part of the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme energy and gas retailers are required to meet an annual target to provide incentives to customers to reduce the amount of energy they consume. Contact an obliged energy provider to ask what incentives are available to you.
Some of the activities that may be available to you are:
A description of each activity and more information regarding REES can be found on the escosa website.
Reducing household energy consumption through transport
The way in which you move around also included as part of your household energy consumption. Reducing car dependency and increasing walking, cycling and the use of public transport not only creates great benefits in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but also improves health, fitness, traffic loads and social cohesion.
For information please visit the City of Playford Transport Page.
Energy efficient home design
Are you thinking of building or renovating your home? The way in which your home is designed can have a huge impact on the amount of energy you require to live. To find out some great ideas to the home handy person or to discuss with your builder, visit the Passive Design section on the Federal Government’s Your Home Website.
The design of your building is important and so too are the materials selected for use. Every material has required energy to be sourced, produced and delivered to your door. This is called the materials embodied energy, and the less the material has, the better it is in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. For more information on great ways to reduce the embodied energy of your next project visit the Federal Government’s Your Home Materials section.
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