Lets Make a Difference

Turn off lights as you leave rooms.

You will by now know that we all do things in our daily lives that directly or indirectly increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, because of our reliance on fossil fuels.

We also know that this increase in carbon dioxide could be increasing global warming.

So what should we do if we want to be use energy more carefully and become what is known as "energy efficient". Energy efficiency will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere and is something we can all do to make a difference.

We can all be guilty of saying that one person turning off one light bulb that isn't being used won't make a difference but think about if we could encourage each person in Australia to do just one thing like that each day. What a difference that would make?

Here are some things that can make a difference:

  • Do an energy audit of your home and school. By checking how much energy you are using you will become very aware of how much money (and energy) you could be wasting
  • Find out about energy efficient labelling on appliances and try to get the most efficient one you can afford. Some may be more expensive to buy but will save you lots of money in electricity usage.
  • Use energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs - they cost more initially, but should save money in the long run.
  • Turn off lights as you leave rooms.
  • Use air conditioners only as a last resort - shade, insulation and ventilation will reduce the need for these big energy users.
  • Check the water heater is not heating the water too hot and is not leaking water or
  • Encourage people to install insulation in their roof (and walls if the building is new) to reduce heat uptake in summer and heat loss in winter.
  • Walk or ride a bicycle instead of using a motor vehicle when you can - it's not only good for the environment, it saves money and is much healthier for you.
  • Try to use public transport if available.
  • Share transport with others.
  • Vehicles should be as fuel efficient as possible and will remain that way if the vehicles engine and tyres are maintained properly.
  • Trees use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. If possible, plant a tree where you live. They will not only help clean up the air, but also provide shade, a lovely environment to live amongst and a habitat for many other living things.
  • Recycle as much waste as possible.
  • Reuse as many things as possible.
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