Energy is beneficial to our lives, however much of our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) and greenhouse gases are emitted in the process of producing energy. Whenever a light or an appliance is switched on, or even when it is unused but sitting in standby mode, energy is being used and so carbon is being emitted into the atmosphere. However, there are many things you can do in your household to reduce your energy use and in turn reduce carbon emissions and save money on bills.
Office of Energy has a great page of tips on Simple Ways to Save Energy.
These Department of Transport has Living Smart brochures online, on topics such as saving energy, how to read your bills and track your consumption, and an energy saver ready reckoner. These are available at the Living Smart – Resources for Households website.
Ways to Save Energy
There are several useful Department of Transport Living Smart brochures online, on topics such as ‘How can I help the planet?’, ‘How to adjust your water heater’, ‘Upgrading to an energy efficient hot water system’, ‘How to install a waterwise showerhead’ and ‘How to fix a leaking tap’. These are available at the Living Smart – Resources for Households website.
If you are considering installing solar panels at your home the following resources may be helpful:
Guide to Sustainability & Recycling for Kids
A great way to introduce and educate the younger generation to the importance of recycling. This site offers ways of educating and getting kids involved with recycling both in the classroom and at home.
Aimed at kids to highlight and teach kids about the 3R's - 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle'
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