Archive for April, 2010

Not wishing to get political but…..

This was the “great moral challenge of our generation”. Only last year, Kevin Rudd was saying that “to delay any longer would be reckless and irresponsible”.
Who’s delaying now? “What absolute political cowardice” indeed!

You really MUST get yourselves over to GetUp and sign their objection to the shelving of ANY action on Climate Change until 2013!

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/ClimateActionNow&id=1052

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Energy efficiency and why you should care

Energy efficiency sounds like a really dry topic but, if you think about it, by ignoring the way you use energy, you could be throwing money away!

Domestic electricity use accounts for 42% of all domestic energy consumption but 83% of domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is as a result of our extremely dirty electricity generation using coal especially brown coal in Victoria.
If we can reduce our energy consumption, we stand to save more than just money, we will also reduce our GHG emissions.

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Talk to Strathbogie Shire last night

I went to Violet Town last night and presented a talk to residents on Energy Efficiency for the Strathbogie Shire on behalf of the ATA. I implemented some of the skills I saw in action last weekend at my training.
It went very well and was well received by the people there ….and NO death by PowerPoint – there are other ways to engage with an audience!

Energy Efficiency

Why should we do it?
Energy efficiency is the “low hanging fruit” as far as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is concerned. Many studies suggest that a 20-25% reduction in GHG emissions can be achieved by this means alone!
What will it cost?
It generally comes at little or no cost, with behaviour change being the major requirement. Energy efficiency is not a “free lunch” – it’s a lunch you get paid to eat!
How do I get involved? (this is NOT a definitive list) See here
Why pay someone to have a light on in a room that is empty? Switch it off.
Why pay someone for the privilege of having yet another clock display? If it has a clock display and no reason for it eg. microwave; turn it off until you need it.
When you next go to purchase an appliance, check the energy star ratings and go for the highest star rating you can. Even if you pay a little more, your energy savings will make up for the difference in a short period of time.
When will I realise a difference?
The environmental effect is immediate but you will notice when next you get your bill.

Take 2 on the video

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4 Geeks and a Pupil

Hey everybody, get a look at this: http://www.4geeks.com.au/ – not content with designing me a logo and then working on a website (due up on Wednesday) the good folks at Essendon Web Solutions have given me a big rave on their personal blog!

Every now and then an opportunity to make a difference presents itself. For the guys at Essendon Web Solutions, one such opportunity is Ride The Talk. John Knox rode into our office with a simple request; …     read their article

An Introduction to my Vision

A bicycle odyssey and series of presentations around Australia to help people save energy, money & reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Introduction to my vision – Ride the Talk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMqrb1YUtI

Length:1:44

Business Cards Have Arrived!

I picked up my business cards this morning – they look great. Thanks must go to Essendon Web Solutions & Impact Printing. You guys ROCK.

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