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Using renewable forms of energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency means using less energy to produce the same product or service.
For example, using a low-energy light globe will still provide you with light and is more energy efficient than a high-energy globe.
Why is it important to be energy efficient?
If we don't start making changes to the way we produce and use energy, we are at risk of suffering the harmful effects of climate change, such as extreme weather events, rising sea levels and acidification of our oceans.
By identifying ways to be more energy efficient and source more of our energy from clean, renewable sources, we will create a more sustainable future for our planet.
Australian households create around 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions.
What can I do to be more energy efficient?
There are so many simple ways to become more energy efficient – even the smallest of changes can make a difference.
Jump over to 'How do we become more energy efficient?' and become an efficiency hero today!
Which energy sources are best for energy efficiency?
Choosing renewable sources of energy to power our homes and businesses helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Renewable energy sources include:
The good news is, because renewable energy sources won't ever run out, we know we can rely on these clean energies for as long as we need!
What Do You Mean?
Biomass is a renewable waste material from plants or animals that is not used for food. It includes wood, and other plant fibres.
Energy efficiency means reducing our overall demand for energy, i.e. by using less energy to produce the same product or service.
Renewable energy comes from a source that will never run out. Renewable energy sources are environmentally-friendly.
Non-renewable energy is a source of energy that will eventually run out. Most non-renewable energy sources are fossil fuels, which release harmful carbon emissions when burned.
Australian households create 20% of our country's greenhouse gas emissions, because most of the electricity we use in our homes comes from fossil fuels.
The average Australian home creates about 9 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
The best thing about renewable energy sources is that they don’t run out.
Being energy efficient means reducing our overall demand for energy. We become more energy efficient when we use less energy, or switch to more efficient energy sources.
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