Women saving energy in Sydney

The fight against high electricity prices is a diverse one. Many different individuals and groups are pooling their resources to see what can be done to lower household bills and business costs related to electricity.

The organisation 1 Million Women is one such group. This is made up of Australian women acting to combat climate change, and one of the ways they are doing this is through the Women Power pilot initiative.

1 Million Women received a City of Sydney environmental grant, helping to fund a three month program. This involved 10 women, all living different lifestyles, taking action to reduce their electricity consumption by 20 per cent in the three month time period. One woman, for example, was a working mother of two, while another was a young professional sharing accommodation with flatmates with high-energy use.

These women attended workshops to teach them how to use smart energy management devices, installed in their homes to measure their electricity use. This knowledge of their consumption could help them identify areas where it could be reduced.

Ways they saved energy included turning off lights when they weren't needed and switching to LED lighting, turning off appliances at the wall and rethinking the use of certain electrical gadgets.

"It’s great to see women getting together to inspire and motivate each other to reduce energy consumption at home," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

"If a million households saved just 20 per cent of their electricity, it would save Australians $240 million a year on energy bills, and remove the need for two coal-fired power stations."

When looking for participants in this program, 1 Million Women stated that electricity prices are on track to almost double within five years, and that Australian power prices are already the highest in the developed world. Not only this, but most households waste ten to 20 per cent of household electricity.

"Our Women Power project goes to the heart of what 1 Million Women is all about, which is getting on with practical action to cut waste and pollution in our daily lives through our everyday choices," 1 Million Women Founder, Natalie Isaacs.

By all accounts, this project shows how it's straightforward for anyone to make simple changes around the home, which in turn have a big impact on the environment.

On October 30, 1 Million Women will reveal their results and whether they've reached their targets in the three month period. You can attend this event at the Sydney Lower Town Hall, from 9:30-11:30am.

Posted by Charlie Moore