plenty of gains in energy efficiency

A new report from the Climate Institute suggests there are big savings Australia can make in improving energy efficiency. While pricing carbon will no doubt help encourage improvements in this area, its another reminder that we need to drive concerted behavioural change, rather than just rely on market forces.

The report suggests “there are major opportunities for energy savings in residential, commercial and manufacturing – possibly up to 73%, 70% and 46%, respectively.”

Mind you, that’s up to 73% – the range of possible improvements they give for the residential area is between 13% and 73%.

Still, plenty of room for improvement.

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  1. I agree. The success of residential water restrictions across Australia shows that people can make the bahvioural change. Improving energy efficiency would be a more direct way of lowering emmissions and it will be faster than waiting on politicans to act.

  2. I can’t believe that more poeple in my office don’t turn their computers or monitors off at night. And the QUT library seems to leave banks of computers on 24 hours a day, despite students not being able to access them.

    It seems to me that there are immeasurable ways that we can use less power that don’t require any great sacrifice at all, apart from overcoming what seems to be some basic laziness in a great many people.

  3. That’s right, Muzz.

    In a lot of homes, the kids all have their own TVs, sound systems, computers, play stations etc. Parents could institute a triple whammy of improvements by putting most of the electrical equipment in a central location, with only one energy efficient light fixture needed.

    Only one set of equipment to buy – a much smaller electricity bill to pay – and kids learning to share!

    Parents could also try to remember to use the grill more often. In some applications, it can save almost 50% of the power.


    I think Australia might use more energy due to our far flung cities and regional centres. A lot of our road networks are also archaic.

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