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SAVE ENERGY May 2, 2007

Filed under: SAVE ENERGY — magila @ 8:08 am

I think it is more than that we have to be more attenation about our life and live also there are many thing that we can help our earth bu very easy wasy, before all the research i found that how powerful whuch i can help our erath by recycling everyday. Be honest, sometimes I am quite lazy to do recycle usually i am thinking why do we have to do the recycling. Now i found the way Why and How. I would like to share more  information about  quite a lot differences way to save our earth by recycling and save energy.

SAVE ENERGY

Climate change and global warming is happening now and you can do something about it.

The You have the power. Save Energy campaign is encouraging all Victorians to save energy at home to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impact of climate change.

You may have seen the balloons featured in the campaign. Each represents 50 grams of greenhouse gas. Every Victorian household produces over 12 tonnes (240,000 balloons) of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Lots of practical advice about ways you can cut energy use while keeping your home comfortable all year round. By saving energy,save money, as well as help protect our environment from the impacts of climate change.

Energy saving tips of the week

Cool your home naturally and save 570 balloons a year! If you must use an air conditioner, keep the thermostat at 26 degrees celsius during warmer weather and save 20 balloons a day (1 balloon = 50 grams of greenhouse gas)!

How can I cool my home naturally?

Shade your windows with external blinds or awnings. With less heat and air conditioning, save money and greenhouse gas output

Pull down the internal blinds and close windows and doors to turn a hot house into a cool haven

Use a fan to cool down a particular area of your house and save on air conditioner use. Using a fan instead of air-con saves 5,700 balloons and $45 each year

How can I use my air conditioner more effectively?

If you do use your air conditioner, keep the thermostat at 26 degrees celsius during warmer weather and turn it off once the room is cool. Increasing the thermostat by just 1 degree celsius from your usual temperature can reduce your running costs by up to 15%
It’s so easy for your household to help reduce its impact on climate change.


http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/www/html/1525-you-have-the-power-save-energy.asp

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FIND MORE ABOUT RECYCLING & HELPING GLOBAL

Filed under: FIND MORE ABOUT RECYCLING — magila @ 8:00 am

FIND MORE ABOUT RECYCLING

Reducing waste at home

By reducing, reusing and recycling, we can all play a part in resolving the problem of our growing waste and global warming.
Below are some helps you can started on minimising waste in the kitchen. These small changes may at first seem inconvenient, but soon they will become second nature and can really contribute to preserving our environment.

Reduce

Reduce means living more carefully and thinking about our choices so that you have less waste to get rid of later on.

Reduce food waste by not overcatering or throwing out leftovers.

Buy in bulk and store food in reusable containers to reduce packaging waste.

Make foods at home instead of buying takeaways or fast food to avoid packaging waste.

Avoid plastic wrap by storing leftovers in the refrigerator in bowls covered with a saucer or a small plate or in washable containers.

Bake potatoes in the oven without foil. Prick before baking.

Use towelling face washers as serviettes for family meals instead of disposable ones or tissues.

Drink tap water and carry your own water bottle or reuse water bottles.

Take your own mug to school functions, the theatre, conferences and other events where tea and coffee is served in disposable cups.

Where possible, hire, share or borrow kitchen appliances, rather than buy new ones.

Reuse

Reusing means to use the same item more than once, preferably many times, rather than disposing of it after one use. Reusing saves the energy and resources that would have been used to make a new product and means that the product does not go to landfill, where it becomes a lost resource.

Reuse plastic containers, jars and tins for storing leftovers, soups, grains, spices, and as lunchboxes instead of buying new plastic containers. Use empty detergent squeeze bottles as bottles for watering plants or filling a steam iron.

Line the bin with used plastic bags. Plastic bags also make good freezer and lunch bags.

Collect egg cartons, yoghurt and ice-cream containers, buttons for kindergartens,day care centres and schools.

Maintain appliances to ensure maximum life and repair them rather than discarding them and buying new ones.

Use the inside wrapper from cereal boxes as frozen food bags or to wrap around lunches and treats.

Wash and reuse aluminium pie plates for baking and reheating food.

Make plastic containers into funnels and scoops.

Use small, empty plastic soft drink bottles as drink bottles for school or outings.

Recycle

Recycling is when a waste product is reprocessed into either the same product or something different. For example, aluminium cans can be recycled back into either new drink cans or engine blocks for new vehicles. Recycling rescues the resources used to make the product in the first place from being lost in landfill, where they can no longer be used. Recycling conserves our valuable resources and lessens environmental impact because fewer areas need to be affected by resource extraction. Recycling processes may also use less energy and water than is used in the extraction of raw materials.

Recycle as much as possible through kerbside recycling.
In Victoria, most homes have kerbside recycling services. Generally, the following materials can be collected from most homes for recycling:

Paper and cardboard
Glass bottles and jars
Aluminium cans and foil
PET plastic soft drink bottles and fruit juice bottles (Code 1 – PET)
Plastic milk, cream and juice bottles (Code 2 – HDPE)
Steel cans
Milk and juice cartons

Always check with your local council about what is collected in your area, as there is some variation from council to council in the materials collected for recycling. The Council Waste & Recycling Services
page offers more details about what is collected in each council area.

Be careful not to contaminate your recycling. While placing wrong materials or putting food waste in the recycling may seem harmless, it can contaminate the whole load. If there is too much contamination, it may not be accepted by recycling companies and could be sent to landfill. Contamination threatens the viability of kerbside recycling by increasing the costs to the collectors, the recyclers and ultimately the community.

Buy recycled products. Buying recycled means looking for products and packaging that are made from recycled material. We are not truly recycling until we have ‘closed the loop’ and bought recycled products. Check out our Waste Wise Shopping Guide Search to find stores that sell recycled-content products.

Recycle your plastic bags at participating supermarkets.

 

NATIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY IN 2005

Filed under: NATIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY IN 2005 — magila @ 7:45 am

http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/inventory/2005/index.html

NATIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY IN 2005

SUMMARY the basic idea

Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors

totalled 559.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2-e)

in 2005 under the accounting provisions applying to Australia’s 108% emissions target.

Emissions were 102.2% of 1990 levels in 2005.
Based on International Energy Agency and Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change estimates,
Australia’s share of world emissions was 1½ per cent in 2005

The greenhouse gas emissions intensity of the Australian economy, expressed as emissions per dollar of GDP, has declined over the period 1990 to 2005 by 36.7% from 1.0 to 0.7 kg CO2-e.

Australia has reduced its emissions per capita over the period 1990 to 2005 by 14.4% from 32.3 to 27.6 tonnes CO2-e. Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by sector in 2005.

PLEASE EVERYONE SAVE ENERGY & SAVE YOUR LIFE

 

ISSUE=$17.6 MILLION FUNDING TO REDUCE BARRIERS TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

Media Release
The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP
2 May 2007

$17.6 MILLION FUNDING TO REDUCE BARRIERS TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

Five projects have received Australian Government funding to trial and demonstrate more efficient ways of storing electricity from renewable energy sources.

The $17.6 million in funding, provided under the Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies programme, was announced today by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, Ian Macfarlane.

Mr Turnbull said that more renewable energy could be used if the electricity generated from renewable sources was available continuously, day and night, and that better ways of storing the electricity when it is generated would help expand opportunities for its effective use.

“Demonstrating new renewable energy storage technologies in grid-connected and remote area power supply applications will give Australia a strong base on which to grow its own industry and expand opportunities overseas,” Mr Turnbull said.

Electricity storage is an issue faced by all renewable energy generators worldwide. Australian experience in, and demonstration of, these technologies will have widespread benefits in both developing and developed countries.

Mr Macfarlane said the projects would help develop new ways of meeting Australia’s growing demand for electricity, while also helping to reduce the effects of the environmental challenges we face today such as climate change and air quality.

“The renewable energy industry understands the strategic importance of improving electricity storage technologies. They are prepared to take action and the programme will see a total of more than $36 million invested,” Mr Macfarlane said.

The AEST is part of the Australian Government’s more than $2 billion strategy to address climate change.

The five projects awarded funding under the AEST are:

Wizard Power (SA) $7.4 million to demonstrate a solar energy storage system based on ammonia dissociation into hydrogen and nitrogen.
Four 400m2 solar dishes will be installed near Whyalla to concentrate sunlight and provide the heat required to split ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen for storage. When power is required, the gases are recombined which gives off heat to boil water and generate electricity through a steam turbine.

Lloyd Energy Systems (NSW) $5.0 million to demonstrate a solar energy storage system using graphite blocks. A high concentration tower solar array will be installed at their factory site in Cooma and, once proven, a 16-tower solar array system will be built at Lake Cargelligo in western NSW providing valuable network support for this regional area.

ZBB Technologies (NSW) $3.1 million to demonstrate an integrated 500 kilowatt hours zinc-bromine battery at CSIRO’s National Solar Energy Centre at Newcastle.

Pinnacle VRB (WA) $1.8 million for demonstration of vanadium-redox batteries with photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines at the remote fishing community of Windy Harbour in WA.

V-Fuel (NSW) $0.26 million for demonstrating innovative vanadium-flow batteries with photovoltaic solar panels and a wind turbine on Cockatoo Island and the Environmental Research Institute for Art at Homebush in Sydney.

The Australian Government’s Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies programme identifies and promotes strategically important, innovative, advanced energy storage technologies that will increase the ability of renewable generation to contribute to Australia’s electricity supply system.

For further information visit: http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/renewable/aest/

Media Contact: Mr Macfarlane’s office: 02 6277 7580; Claire Wilkinson 0419 840 452

 

A SUSTAINABLE HOME

Filed under: A SUSTAINABLE HOME — magila @ 7:24 am

Tips for a sustainable home

Everyone can be more sustainable at home.
Follow these easy suggestions.

Take reusable bags when you go shopping and refuse plastic bags.

Install or top up insulation in ceilings.

Start a compost heap.

Take shorter showers – keep it to under 5 minutes instead of the average 8 minutes.

Switch appliances off at the power point or plug wherever possible.

Use your recycling bin and make sure you know what can be recycled.

If you have air conditioning set the thermostat to 18-20 in winter and 26 in summer. or set air conditioning 10~20mins beofore you go to bed.

Buy products with less packaging.

Install a AAA rated showerhead and a dual flush toilet.

Purchase energy efficient appliances.

CHECK MORE
www.ecorecycle.vic.gov.au

 

YOU HAVE TO KNOW! ITS REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING

Filed under: YOU HAVE TO KNOW! — magila @ 7:14 am

YOU HAVE TO KNOW! ITS REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING

Recycling one aluminium can you save enough energy to run a television set for three hours

Recycling one tonne of paper you save 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4100kWh of electricity, 4 cubic metres of landfill and 31,780 litres of water.

Every week, one recycling household in Melbourne its saves:

Over 3 kilograms of greenhouse gases such as CO2 that would otherwise contribute to global warming, enough electricity to run a 40 watt light bulb for 72 hours;
air pollution equal to emissions from 4.5km of travel in an average post-1985 passenger car
over ninety litres of water (enough to wash five sink loads of dishes)

Roy Morgan research shows that a staggering 99 per cent(REALLY??) of Australians understand that recycling is good for the environment.

The majority of the population support recycling.
This is reflected by the high recycling rates for newsprint and aluminium cans of 70 per cent and 67 per cent respectively.

Residents of the City of Melbourne are great recyclers but there is room for improvement.

Only 44 per cent of glass bottles and jars and 40 per cent of the steel food cans used in Australia are currently being recycled. Some of the glass is reused but the equivalent of a billion soup cans are sent to landfill/ www.planetark.com.au

Lots of paper and cardboard still ends up in the rubbish bin when it could be separated out for recycling.

The City of Melbourne’s Waste Wise Guide contains information to help residents identify the types of plastics to recycle using the identification number on the bottom of the bottle.

For example: plastics, such as soft drink bottles,plastics such as milk bottles, paper, cardboard, cloths and glass, CHECK more in WASTE & RECYCLING AT HOME

 

FACT & FIGURES of RECYCLING, somthings never diE

Filed under: FACT & FIGURES of RECYCLING — magila @ 7:03 am

FACT & FIGURES of RECYCLING

THE THINGS ARE NEVER NEVER NEVER DIEEEEEE

Old st never dieeel cans; they are recycled into cars, planes and train tracks/ www.steelcans.com.au

Old plastic soft drink bottles; they are transformed into outdoor ‘ecofleece’ jackets/ www.kathmandu.com.au

Old plastic milk bottles; they come back as plant pots and recycling bins/ www.visy.com.au

Old cordial bottles; they are recycled into vinyl tiles and PVC pipes/ www.vinyl.org.au

Old telephone books; they are turned into kitty litter (Equinox Manufacturing Industries 9570 3855).

Old computers, vacuum cleaners and toasters ; they come back in a new recycled life as chairs and tables/www.wharington.com.au

Old toner and ink cartridges, they are reborn as speed humps and fence posts/ www.closetheloop.com.au0.

Old plastic money and car batteries, they come back as worm farms/ www.reln.com.au

Old office paper, it comes back as toilet and tissue paper/ www.softex.net.au