Smart power meter

Smart meter

Smart power meters can greatly assist households and business to monitor and reduce their use of power by providing price and consumption information. In early 2008 in Australia, the Victorian goverment has ruled that new meter boxes are to communicate with in-house display units to show householders in real time how much electricity they are using… Continue reading Smart power meter

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Building energy efficiency standards

Building energy efficiency standards are regarded as an effective means of reducing or eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of residential and commercial buildings. Australia National standards for building energy efficiency The Australian Government has conducted studies into the greenhouse gas emissions of residential and commercial buildings. These studies show that the building industry must face the… Continue reading Building energy efficiency standards

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Very fast trains

Transrapid train near Bremen in Germany

Very fast trains (high speed rail) is a good option for modern rapid transit as they have lower carbon emissions per passenger trip than either road or air transport. Countries with very fast train networks include France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Taiwain, China, Korea and Spain. The United States has one high speed rail line that links… Continue reading Very fast trains

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Government subsidies for fossil fuel use in Australia

Belchatow power station

Total fossil fuel subsidies worth almost $9 billion have been identified by research in Australia.[1] Australian governments (federal, state and territory) continue to use subsidies to achieve environmental and social goals. This may be justifiable where the cost of the subsidy is less than the value of the environmental and social gain that results from the… Continue reading Government subsidies for fossil fuel use in Australia

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Swimming pool

Water tanker filling a pool in Camberwell

Consider carefully whether you really need a swimming pool. Domestic swimming pools lose a lot of water every day due to evaporation. Perhaps the time has come to only allow the filling of pools from roof storm water, or to ban them? Surely this is now a luxury that we cannot really afford, if we are… Continue reading Swimming pool

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Greenpower

Large scale solar retrofit trial for coal power station

Greenpower is renewable energy sourced from the sun, the wind, water and waste. Greenpower in Australia In Australia, more than 645,000 households and businesses buy GreenPower, which is regarded by many as part of the solution to climate change. Switching to GreenPower is an investment – the more households and workplaces that make the switch, the… Continue reading Greenpower

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Forest friendly timber

Tasmanian forest, credit: Rob Blakers

Forest friendly timber is sourced in an environmentally sustainable manner. This article provides some information about various timbers available to enable readers to choose environmentally friendly materials suitable for their needs. The use of rainforest and native forest timbers (such as old growth forests) in Australia and around the world is contributing to the destruction of… Continue reading Forest friendly timber

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Greening Australian Transport

Transrapid train near Bremen in Germany

This article provides information on greening Australian transport Assist in the early stage adoption of greener vehicles Ensure that regulations and incentives are in place to encourage the use of next gen green vehicles and green fuels. Support home refueling and re-charging of green vehicles including: Establish a Gaseous Refuelling Infrastructure for use by both buses… Continue reading Greening Australian Transport

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Insulation

Insulation is a very important feature of sustainable buildings. Good insulation reduces the need to use energy for both heating and cooling. Combined with passive solar design, insulation can mean you avoid using an air conditioner at all on 40 degree Celsius days. Insulation can be retrofitted to existing buildings: See also

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Revolving energy fund

A revolving energy fund (REF) can be established to provide a financial incentive for councils or other levels of government to implement energy efficiency measures and practices. Energy efficiency projects reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. They can also save money. REFs rely on identifying energy cost savings and, in future budgets, allocating these savings to… Continue reading Revolving energy fund

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