There are sustainable energy solutions for every situation. The challenge is to know what they are and to make sense of them.
In most cases there are multiple benefits for putting into practice sustainable alternatives which are often:
- Good for the environment
- Good for society
- Good for business
Sustainable solutions for home and office
including space heating, water heating, appliances and lighting
Minimise heat loss by insulating your house properly. Make sure that all gaps around windows and doors are filled or eliminated using weather-seal. Also seal infiltrations around pipes and wires ducts. Seal unused chimneys.
Sunlight is the cleanest, most renewable source of energy on earth – and you don’t have to pay for it! When planning a new house or rennovation ensure that the design takes advantage of passive solar heat gain. Read more»
There are many options for heating your home and there are a number of factors – size, layout, construction etc – that will affect the type of heating you use. Sustainable options are clean and energy efficient. Heat pumps, wood burners and wood pellet stoves are good options.
When you are choosing an appliance for your home you should start by following these guidelines: Don’t buy appliances you don’t really need. Choose an appliance that is the right size for your needs. Purchase the most efficient model available by choosing the highest energy rating. Read more»
Lighting accounts for 8% of home energy use. Incandescent lightbulbs are extremely inefficient so switching to CFLs is the best solution because they are five times more efficient. Also, turning off lights when they are not in use will help save energy.
Make your own energy
Over 30% of New Zealand’s electricity is generated from natural gas and coal and is therefore a large contributor to our greenhouse gas emissions. If you have the right property you can grow your own firewood or generate your own electricity – or you could pool in with neighbours to do this.