Green Tips - How to Go Green

The ideas proposed below are an edited compilation of those included on the websites linked to Green Street. They are a good start for those of us aspiring to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions over which we may have some control.

Suggested areas for Improvement Estimated Reduction (per year per household or small to medium sized business)
Use green energy  - Instead of buying coal-fired power from the standard electricity grid, sign up for power generated by renewable resources such as wind, sun and bio-mass. Up to 2 tonnes of carbon saved on a medium sized household or a small-medium sized business
Install fully green power - Install a fully renewable power source - solar, wind etc. Up to 7 tonnes saved
Switch lightbulbs  - Use compact fluorescent lightbulbs instead of the usual incandescent lightbulbs.   200kg saved per year if three lightbulbs are switched over
Buy energy efficient appliances - Buy only five star or better energy rated home appliances when current ones need replacing. Up to 1 tonne saved per appliance
Turn off electronic devices  - Most of our appliances (computers, DVD player, television etc) use up lots of  energy just by being on standby when we’re not using them. Turn them off at the powerpoint when not in use.               Up to 2 tonnes saved
Use less hot water  -  Hot water uses lots of energy so use low-flow showerheads, wash clothes in cold water, have shorter showers at least occasionally.      Up to 500kg of carbon saved
Dry clothes on a line - Don’t use a clothes dryer unless you absolutely have to. Up to 500kg of carbon saved if clothes are dried on a line
Change hot water system - Use solar, heat pump or gas powered hot water systems. Up to 1 tonne reduction
Drive less - Ride a bike, walk more, use public transport more often. Up to 1 tonne saved by reducing driving by 3000 kms.
Change to fuel efficient car - When your current vehicle needs replacing, purchase a hybrid or other fuel efficent car or motor bike or scooter, or use more public transport. Up to 1 tonne reduction per car
Efficient house design - If you are building or renovating a house or workplace be sure the design is energy efficient so airflows, orientation and overall design reduce energy needs. Up to 2 tonnes of carbon saved for efficient design of a medium sized household or business
Insulate your home - By insulating ceilings and walls properly the need for airconditioning is reduced considerably.      Up to 1 tonne of carbon saved per year
Avoid buying heavily packaged products - Packaging is a high energy user. Reduce your garbage by buying with discretion. Up to 1 tonne of carbon is saved if garbage is reduced by 1 wheelie bin per month
Buy efficiently and recycle - Reduce household waste by buying items that are long lasting. Buy more recycled goods. Up to 1 tonne saved per year if half your household waste is recycled.
Buy locally and fresh - Transport and energy costs are reduced dramatically if we buy locally made products. Fresh food costs less to produce in dollars and emissions than frozen food. Up to 500kg of carbon saved
Reduce flying time - If you have to fly, do so thoughtfully and use electronic means to meet people where possible. Up to 1 tonne of carbon saved per year for one less return flight
Plant more trees - Seven trees sink about the same amount of carbon emitted by the average Australian car. Plant trees in your yard, parks, workplaces. Up to 1 tonne of carbon absorbed per year for each year in a lifetime if you plant 50 trees in your lifetime
Be active - Speak up in a positive way in your local community and organization and help others to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emmisions. A lot of carbon may be saved!
Buy "Fair Trade" goods – if you need to buy products from overseas buy goods that are certified ‘fair trade’. This means they will have been produced by people being paid fair wages in fair conditions and using materials that are sustainable. Goods will also have been produced without animal cruelty. A lot of carbon may be saved and the sustainable quality of life of people and animals will be improved worldwide.