Whether running a business or a household, we can’t escape the currently hot, sometimes confusing topics surrounding carbon tax and climate change.
From an environmental and economical perspective, reducing carbon emissions is now necessary.
Thanks to Digital Parents, I was given the rare opportunity to take part in the Empower Campaign, a program that uses the Low Carbon Growth Plan to explain how a low carbon future is not only achievable but beneficial.
It meant having David, an assessor come over and review my home as well as our energy consumption.
I know. I didn’t think it was going to be much fun at first, either.
There was the initial fear that the 2 hour meeting would be filled with lots of heavy critique.
Instead, it was an opportunity to talk to an expert and pick up some important tips.
After all, what’s the point in moaning and groaning about how high our winter bills are every year, if we don’t do anything about them?
First stop was the backyard. Its lack of sun was an issue that David spotted immediately. No wonder doing laundry’s a pain!
David made some simple suggestions on where I could move the clothes line to get maximum sun exposure and to ultimately do more of this:
And use less of this:
Next was a lengthy discussion about how to decipher electricity, gas and water bills. Yikes!
Have you ever tried reading one? It’s like slogging away at a rocket science degree. Seriously.
Eventually I got my head around what “Kilowatts per hour” means. It’s about how many electrical appliances are running concurrently in my home. Then, I take into account how much energy each appliance potentially consumes.
An energy bill shows the daily consumption of how many kilowatts per hour are used.
The washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher seem to be our big ticket items.
But the big surprise was our little 2400 watt space heater. During these winter months, it actually takes up a tenth of our daily electricity consumption!
With David, we worked on some realistic and doable steps that will make a significant difference.
“Turn it off. Completely off.”
We discovered that by leaving it on standby mode, our telly takes up a whopping 13 watts per hour !!! So, the new house rule is to switch it off at its power switch every night.
“Here comes the sun…”
To maximize the winter sun in our sunroom, I’m going to leave the blinds open during the day. All day.
“Mind the gap”
This house is forever cold! With a few simple insulation tips and relevant websites about draft proofing, we’re going to fix our front door seal as well as fill in the gaps of the skirting boards along the corridor.
“Easy on the shower…”
Time to replace our showerheads with eco-friendly and reduce the flow of water. (An average 7-8 minute shower can take up to 90 litres of hot water !)
While writing this post, I’m letting that glorious winter sun pour into our home. That naughty little space heater has been left switched off for a solid two hours.
It’s one small step. But it’s heading towards a bigger, far more important change in mindset to reduce carbon emissions.
You can also show your support for Climate Works Australia and the awesome work their doing by liking their Facebook page.
Through Digital Parents, one of my lucky Australian based readers will win an Energy Efficiency Opportunity Assessment and retro-fit bonus (to the value of $500).
- Watch the above video about the Low Carbon Growth Plan and meet ‘CP’!
- Leave a comment on this blog telling me: From the different types of renewable energy sources that CP mentions, which one would be beneficial in your home and why?
The important stuff:
1.Please read the Terms and Conditions for entering this competition.
2. Only Australian residents can enter.
3. The competition will run from 1st of August to 1st of September, 2012.
This is a sponsored post for Climate Works Australia. All opinions expressed are my own. Participating sponsors do not have editorial control. I received compensation for this post as a member of Digital Parents Collective.