Growing energy pollution in Australia
After two years of becoming greener, Australia's electricity grid has recorded an increase in noxious gases.
Following the introduction of a carbon tax in 2012, pollution from the national grid dropped 11 per cent, according to a report from Pitt & Sherry.
Principal Consultant Dr Hugh Saddler asserted that the imposed tax encouraged electricity suppliers to explore other, cleaner means of energy generation.
"The emissions reduction during the carbon price period was mainly caused by the interchange between hydro generation and brown coal generation, and was driven by the commercial strategies of Hydro Tasmania and Snowy Hydro," Dr Saddler explained.
Unfortunately, with the decision to revoke the tax in June 2014, this effort has all been unwound.
It has now been one year since the repeal, and emissions from the grid have already bulged by 6.4 million tonnes, Dr Saddler said.
What's more, a recent report from the Australian Energy Report Operator has forecasted that demand is set to continually increase over the coming years.
In light of this, here are a few ways you can reduce your demand on the grid and ensure a sustainable future for Australia.
Using the sun's energy
Installing rooftop solar panels are a great way of reducing your home's footprint on the environment. As your home will be able to power itself during the day, electricity prices may become less relevant in the future.
Solar power may soon be able to efficiently power your home during the night too, as effective battery storage systems are on the horizon.
By purchasing appliances that are energy-efficient, you will not only shrink your power bill, but also unwholesome emissions. The majority of modern household electronics in Australia have an energy rating label prominently displayed on the front.
Think of it as an investment - while buying equipment with a better energy rating may cost you more in the short-term, your power usage will be less in the long-term.
Have you made an electricity comparison?
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Their experts will compare prices from some of Australia's leading electricity suppliers to ensure you're getting a fair deal, even setting you up on the new rates.
Posted by Jeremy Elliott