How to reduce our ecological footprint at home

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Published by Catholic Social Services Victoria in 2007. Reproduced with permission.

Households use a third of total energy consumption, with the average household responsible for almost 11 tonnes of CO2 annually. We are currently using too much energy wastefully, and our consumption mentality needs to give way to one of sustainability. We can all become far more efficient in the way we use energy, and we can do so easily. By implementing a few simple ideas, you may be surprised at how much money and energy you can save.

Most of the energy we use at home is consumed in heating and cooling, for hot water and running our appliances. The first step to reduce our impact on the environment is to change to a ‘Green’ energy provider, which uses alternative energy sources that do not burn fossil fuels. Next, consider these ways to reduce our demand for energy.

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