10 ways you can help
1. Drive your car less. Take public transport where possible, or even ride, run or walk there. If you live in a household with more than one car, see if you can work out a way to reduce the number of cars you use.
2. change your light bulbs to energy-efficient globes. And if you're not in a room, make sure the light is off!
3. Reduce the number of appliances you have. Do you really need 2 fridges? Or 3 TVs?
4. Reduce how often you use your appliances. Do you really need to use your clothes dryer on a sunny day? Does your computer need to be on all the time? Do you really need the air conditioning on, particularly at that temperature? Is the dishwasher really full?
5. Buy appliances with high energy ratings. Whitegoods usually have a sticker displaying their energy efficiency. Front-loaded washing machines are generally a better option than top-loaders, for example.
6. Where you can, incorporate renewable energy sources into your household usage. Many power companies allow you to chose that a certain percentage of your power comes from renewable energy. If you can, install your own solar panels, or perhaps even switch to solar hot water. If you're in the market for a new car, how about a hybrid? Or even an electric car, particularly if you DO use renewable energy?
7. Recycle as much as you can! It takes much less energy to recycle materials than it does to create products from scratch. Different councils have different recycling rules, so much sure you check what can and can't go into your bins. In most cases you'd be surprised how much you CAN recycle!
8. Grow your own veggies and herbs. Transporting these from around Australia or even the globe clocks up a lot of miles, and therefore a lot of greenhouse emissions.
9. Opt to have all your bank statements, utilities and other bills sent to your email address, and not posted to you. This will save both the paper they are printed on, as well as emissions from being delivered from the source to your house!
10. Try to buy goods that are locally made, and not imported. This will reduce the travel miles (and carbon emissions!) associated with these goods. Always check the label to see where items are made!