Almost everything we do uses energy. Nearly everything we own needed electricity to be created. We may not readily consider it but we have a huge dependency on energy. Despite its major role in our day to day lives it's vital that we use our energy resources efficiently as there are negative environmental impacts associated with electricity generation. Currently over 90% of energy generated in New South Wales comes from coal-fired power stations. The coal that is burnt to create this energy is millions of years old, is a non-renewable resource and emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as it burns.
We are all aware of the increasing costs of electricity and this is anticipated to continue in the future. Using energy efficiently is a good way to reduce your electricity bills and as a bonus, you will be reducing your carbon footprint as well.
Here are some tips to be more energy efficient:
- Turn off lights when they are not use.
- Switch off appliances at the wall.
- Only heat or cool the rooms you use.
- In winter keep the heat in or in summer the heat out by closing your curtains.
- Draught proof your house by sealing gaps.
- When you next purchase an appliance check the energy rating of the available products.
It's important that we continue to research the use of alternative energy sources and purchase cleaner energy where possible. Alternatives to the traditional coal-fired power plant consider the use of renewable resources to create energy which means these resources will never run out. Examples include solar (sun), wind, tidal, wave, geo-thermal and biomass.