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-With climate change now an acknowlegded problem, many people are keen to know what they can do as individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are several measure you can take to immediately reduce your "carbon footprint" without compromising your lifestyle.+[[Image:Australian household energy usage.jpg|right|thumb|500px|Household greenhouse gas emissions]]
 +With climate change now an acknowledged problem, many people are keen to know what they can do as individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are several measures you can take to reduce your "carbon footprint" without compromising your lifestyle. You can reduce the energy used in your home (or office) and your carbon footprint and save money by these fairly easy actions:
-You can reduce the energy in your home (or office) by:+* Replacing all incandescent light globes with '''compact fluorescent globes''' or light emitting diodes (about $100-300).
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-* Replacing all incandescent light globes with '''compact fluorescent globes''' (about $100-300).+
* '''Switch off appliances''' when they are not in use, rather than leaving them on standby mode ($0). * '''Switch off appliances''' when they are not in use, rather than leaving them on standby mode ($0).
-* '''Use a kettle on gas stove''' to heat hot water for beverages rather than an electric jug.+* '''Switch off lights''' when they are not needed ($0)
-* '''Buy green power''' - this means a percentage of the electricity you consume is sourced from renewable energy. Make sure you check how green the power is as some retailers are better than others. Ask them what the percentage of there green power comes from clean energy sources. This will add about 10% to your electricty bill.+* If you have a '''second fridge''', turn it off when it is not needed. Don't just leave it running.
-* Install a '''solar hotwater heater''' (about $2000)+* '''Use a kettle on gas stove''' to heat hot water for beverages rather than an electric jug. If you do use an electric kettle, make sure to only fill it with as much as is needed, but that the heating elements are still covered with water.
-* Install a grid interactive '''solar array''' so you can generate your own electricity and feed clean power back into the grid ($5,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of panels)+* Set your thermostat to 18-20C in winter and 26C in summer.
-* Buy '''energy efficient appliances''' such as dishwashers, washing machines and fridges. They may cost a little more, but you will recoup power costs over their operating life. +* Seal draughts and gaps around external doors and windows, and make sure you close curtains after dark.
-* Install a '''gas oven''' rather than an electic one. Usng gas for cooking and heating produces about a third of the carbon emissions compared to using electricity.+* Commute to and from your workplace by carpooling, using public transportation, cycling, or -- best of all -- telecommute from your home.
-* As a last resort, you can '''buy carbon credits''' to offset your power consumption, but be aware that these may not actually lead to reduced carbon emissions.+ 
 +Some more costly actions are:
 + 
 +* Install a '''solar hot water heater''' (about $2000, rebates available). Hot water accounts for about 30% of domestic energy consumption, so this is one of the most effective ways to reduce household carbon emissions.
 +* '''Buy green power''' - this means a percentage of the electricity you consume is sourced from renewable energy. Make sure you check how green the power is as some retailers are better than others. Ask them what the percentage of their green power comes from clean energy sources. This will add about 10% to your electricity bill.
 +* Install a grid interactive '''solar array''' so you can generate your own electricity and feed clean power back into the grid ($5,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of panels, rebates available).
==If you are building or renovating== ==If you are building or renovating==
-* Use a [[passive solar design]] which can include north facing windows, shading systems and thermal mass+* Use a '''[[passive solar design]]''' which can include north or south facing windows depending on your worldwide latitude and prevailing weather, shading systems and thermal mass. This can dramatically reduce both your heating and cooling energy bills.
-* Use double glazing and/or thermal efficient glass+* Use '''double glazing''' and/or thermal efficient glass
-* Use maximum insulation in walls, roofs and under floors+* Use maximum '''[[insulation]]''' in walls, roofs and under floors. You can exceed the building regulation requirements to get better insulation.
 + 
 +==If you are buying or replacing appliances==
 +* Install a '''gas oven''' rather than an electic one. Using gas for cooking and heating produces about a third of the carbon emissions compared to using electricity.
 +* Read [[Fridge facts]] to find out how important an energy efficient fridge is.
 +* Buy '''energy efficient appliances''' such as dishwashers, washing machines and fridges. They may cost a little more, but you will recoup power costs over their operating life. Fridges use the most electricity as they are running all the time.
 + 
 +==What about [[carbon credits]]?==
 +You can '''buy [[carbon credits]]''' to offset your power consumption and carbon emissions, but be aware that these may not actually lead to reduced carbon emissions. Checkout who is offering the credits and make sure they are accredited.
 + 
 +==See also==
 +* [[Climate change]]
 + 
 +==External links==
 +* [http://www.greenlivingguy.com/greenliving/2010/3/12/green-guru-guides-do-it-yourself-energy-audits-simple-soluti.html Do It Yourself Home Energy Audits] 140 Simple Solutions to Save Energy, Cash and the Environment
 +* [http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/gwci/calculator.html Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator], Global Warming Cool It, Australia
 +* [http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/gwci/actions.html Energy saving tips], Global Warming Cool It - Actions I Can Take Now
 +* [http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html Personal Emissions Calculator], U.S. EPA
 +* [http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/gwci/pdf.html Global Warming - Cool It] - page where you can download the entire guide
 +* [http://www.greenlivingguy.com/greenliving/2011/11/2/green-lighting.html Green Lighting]: This do-it-yourself guide makes it easy to upgrade residential and commercial lighting to reduce costs and environmental impact while maintaining or even improving the quality of the lighting.
 +* [http://www.northerngasheating.com/products/energy-efficiency.html Energy Efficiency Tips] - Tips for saving energy around the home
 +* [http://www.ecomii.com/ ecomii] - a credible, comprehensive resource for green living; offers trustworthy and practical, how-to information for living a greener lifestyle.
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 +[[Category:Greenprint]]
 +[[Category:Green living]]

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Household greenhouse gas emissions
Household greenhouse gas emissions

With climate change now an acknowledged problem, many people are keen to know what they can do as individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are several measures you can take to reduce your "carbon footprint" without compromising your lifestyle. You can reduce the energy used in your home (or office) and your carbon footprint and save money by these fairly easy actions:

  • Replacing all incandescent light globes with compact fluorescent globes or light emitting diodes (about $100-300).
  • Switch off appliances when they are not in use, rather than leaving them on standby mode ($0).
  • Switch off lights when they are not needed ($0)
  • If you have a second fridge, turn it off when it is not needed. Don't just leave it running.
  • Use a kettle on gas stove to heat hot water for beverages rather than an electric jug. If you do use an electric kettle, make sure to only fill it with as much as is needed, but that the heating elements are still covered with water.
  • Set your thermostat to 18-20C in winter and 26C in summer.
  • Seal draughts and gaps around external doors and windows, and make sure you close curtains after dark.
  • Commute to and from your workplace by carpooling, using public transportation, cycling, or -- best of all -- telecommute from your home.

Some more costly actions are:

  • Install a solar hot water heater (about $2000, rebates available). Hot water accounts for about 30% of domestic energy consumption, so this is one of the most effective ways to reduce household carbon emissions.
  • Buy green power - this means a percentage of the electricity you consume is sourced from renewable energy. Make sure you check how green the power is as some retailers are better than others. Ask them what the percentage of their green power comes from clean energy sources. This will add about 10% to your electricity bill.
  • Install a grid interactive solar array so you can generate your own electricity and feed clean power back into the grid ($5,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of panels, rebates available).

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[edit] If you are building or renovating

  • Use a passive solar design which can include north or south facing windows depending on your worldwide latitude and prevailing weather, shading systems and thermal mass. This can dramatically reduce both your heating and cooling energy bills.
  • Use double glazing and/or thermal efficient glass
  • Use maximum insulation in walls, roofs and under floors. You can exceed the building regulation requirements to get better insulation.

[edit] If you are buying or replacing appliances

  • Install a gas oven rather than an electic one. Using gas for cooking and heating produces about a third of the carbon emissions compared to using electricity.
  • Read Fridge facts to find out how important an energy efficient fridge is.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and fridges. They may cost a little more, but you will recoup power costs over their operating life. Fridges use the most electricity as they are running all the time.

[edit] What about carbon credits?

You can buy carbon credits to offset your power consumption and carbon emissions, but be aware that these may not actually lead to reduced carbon emissions. Checkout who is offering the credits and make sure they are accredited.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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