Our energy use has a direct effect on our environment. The more we rely on fossil fuels, the more changes to our weather or climate, which has an affect on all life on earth.

Of course, we can’t live without energy, but there are many ways we can use less energy as well as use energy sources that are cleaner.

 

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The first step is to choose clean sources of energy like solar and wind if you can. These don’t pollute the atmosphere.

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Use your own energy! Walk or ride a bike to school; or car-pool so there are fewer cars on the road.

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Use natural sources of light and heat. During the day Instead of turning on a light, open the curtains. Or wear a jumper instead of turning on the heater.

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Close the windows and curtains in your home if it’s going to be extremely hot or cold. This helps keep the nasty weather out so you don’t have to rely on energy-hungry air conditioners and heaters.

A family is carelessly and unknowingly wasting energy from the moment they wake up.

Ways to save energy

Turn it off

Did you know that many household appliances like TVs, microwaves, stereos, computers and phone chargers use energy when they’re on stand-by? Turn them off at the power point when you’re not using them to save energy.

Lights out

Lights can use a lot of power. Switch all your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. And, when you leave the room, turn off the light. 

Use cold water

When your clothes are being washed, make sure the machine is set to use cold water. This uses much less energy than hot water and still cleans your clothes.

Wait for a full load

Only put the washing machine or dishwasher on when you have a full load, to save both water and energy in your household.

In just five years the number of Australian solar PV systems went from 8,000 to 1,000,000

Keep it close to home

Buy local

A lot of energy is used to produce and transport the things you buy. You can help save energy by buying goods that are produced locally. Encourage your family to shop at the local farmer’s market.

Feed yourself

Many families and schools now grow their own vegetables. More homes have chickens. Not only are these healthy options, but they help to reduce the energy used in transporting food.

Reuse and recycle

Don’t throw things away that could be reused or recycled! We can save lots of energy by not buying everything new. Swap books, clothes and toys with your friends to save energy.

Wrap up

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It’s important that we all learn how to be energy smart. If we all make small changes, we can significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.

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At home, switching off stand-by appliances is an easy and effective way to save energy. Being smart about when and how you use appliances is important too. 

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Being smart about the types of products you buy can save energy. Look for food made or grown in your area or buy recycled goods.

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Don’t give up! If we all do our bit, we can help make a cleaner environment for everyone.