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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
60 greensmart 2010 With recent electricity price rises and more expected to come, Australians are now, more than ever, thinking about how much power they consume around the home. Many state governments in Australia have been using education programs to show householders how to save power and money. Recently, the NSW government launched the Save Power campaign, which uses the simple image of a black balloon to represent 50g of carbon pollution to help people understand how much power is used around the home. (See www.savepower.nsw.gov.au.) Reducing our power consumption can initially seem a little over whelming -- most people just don't know where to begin. The information below offers some simple things that everyone can do to start saving power. Appliances and lighting -- switch it off! One of the easiest ways to save power is to switch appliances off at the power point. Over a year, power used by products on standby -- all those appliances and electrical items not being used but left switched on at the wall -- can add 10 per cent to your power bill. That means if your yearly electricity bill is $1000 you're paying $100 on powering appliances that you're not even using. Also remember that switching off lights when you leave a room can save you $80 a year, and reduce carbon pollution by 400kg (8000 black balloons). Changing all old-style incandescent light globes in a house to compact fluorescent globes (CFLs) can further reduce power bills by around $120 and cut carbon pollution by 600kg (12,000 black balloons) each year. A refresher on energy saving tips that work, and you might even discover something new. top energy saving tips SWITCHING FROM ELECTRIC TO SOLAR HOT WATER CAN REDUCE YOUR POWER BILL BY AROUND $140 EACH YEAR energysaving Photo courtesy Solar Lord