Why is energy efficiency important?
Energy is so much a part of life that we often use it without thinking, especially when it's in the form of electricity. But the fact is, most electricity in Australia comes from burning fossil fuels like coal, gas or oil (except in Tasmania). Among other things, this produces carbon dioxide - lots of it. With the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere comes the risk of global warming - this is known as the Greenhouse Effect.
However, burning fossil fuels for energy is not just a problem because of the Greenhouse Effect. If we use them efficiently it means we're making better use of these finite, non-renewable natural resources. So saving energy makes environmental sense - for us and for future generations.
Energy costs money too - both for individuals and for the community. Using it efficiently means you save on your energy bills, and it also means we can put off building new power stations for longer.
The good news is, it's not hard to save energy. Just look for the stars and reduce your energy bills and help us all reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
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