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Empowering your energy: how ‘’green technology’’ can impact your wallet and the planet

In a world where the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly evident, more people are searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and live more sustainably. One area where individuals and businesses could make a difference is through reducing their energy consumption and by exploring “green technology”. But what does that mean? Read on to understand more.

Understanding Green Technology:

"Green Technology" is a term used to refer to practices and innovations that are eco-friendly and aimed at reducing the negative impact of human activities on the environment. It encompasses energy-efficient technologies and practices that apply to all renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power (Investopedia).

  1. Renewable energy sources
    Green Technology harnesses the power of nature to generate electricity. Solar panels convert sunlight into energy, wind turbines capture the energy of the wind, and hydroelectric plants utilise the energy of flowing water.
  2. Energy efficiency
    Using energy efficiently is just as important as choosing the right source. This can be achieved through such things as eco-friendly building designs and energy-efficient appliances. You can read more about the star rating system on appliances here.

Benefits for You:

Let's explore how embracing Green Technology can positively impact you and your family.

  1. Lower energy bills
    ‘’Green Technologies’’ are often designed to be more efficient, which could you should get more bang for your buck. Even simple actions, such as applying window films to windows to reduce heat gain and loss, can reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling (Li, Chunying & Tan, Junyi & Chow, T.T. & Qiu, Zhongzhu. (2015). Experimental and theoretical study on the effect of window films on building energy consumption. Energy and Buildings. 102. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.04.025.).
  2. Environmental stewardship
    As consumers, your choices matter. By choosing an energy plan specifically linked to environmental benefits such as carbon offsetting or matching against renewable energy sources, you contribute, even in a small way, to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. It's a powerful way to align your lifestyle with environmental sustainability.
  3. Future-proofing your home
    One way to view investment in Green Technology is as an investment in future savings.  The Australian Council of Social Service and the Brotherhood of St Laurence have undertaken modelling to shed light on the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency upgrades, finding that capital investments of $5000 or less can lead to significant savings long-term (Brotherhood of St Laurence).

How to Embrace Green Technology:

  1. Choose an energy plan that offers environmental benefits
    Opt for an energy retailer supporting the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by offering households carbon-neutral energy plans. For example, ENGIE offers 100% carbon neutral plans certified by Climate Active where your carbon emissions will be offset from your energy usage.
  2. Invest in energy-efficient appliances
    Upgrade your appliances to those specifically designed to be energy-efficient. If you are unsure how energy efficient your current appliances are, you can calculate and compare the energy costs of common household appliances using the Australian Government’s Energy Rating Calculator.
  3. Consider Solar Panels
    If feasible, explore the possibility of installing solar panels on your property. To learn more about a home solar system's cost and payback time, see our blog here.

Future-proofing your energy consumption is not just a trend; you could consider it a wise financial decision. Let's work together to make a difference!