December 29, 2016

Monitor your electricity use to find REAL savings!

Back in 2000 Sydney-based Ross Halliwell hit upon a simple solution to reduce domestic household energy consumption when he found that there was no device available for the average Joe to measure their electricity consumption in the home.

A few years later the Cent-a-meter was born: an inexpensive and easy-to-use monitor that enables the user to make informed decisions on their energy usage by displaying the amount of energy being used at any given time. Armed with this knowledge, Halliwell believes the user can reduce their energy bill by ‘up to 20%’.

Though we at My Green Australia haven’t tested this product yet, it makes sense that a real-time display of our energy consumption would be far more beneficial than the data received on the electricity bill every month (or two).

With a few simple experiments you could assess the energy efficiency of all household appliances, see the true impact of ‘standby mode’ and users have even reported that it has the added benefit of helping you catch yourself leaving the iron on!

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  1. Old fridges are one of the biggest energy users in the home, costing residents an average of $210 a year to operate.

    Their use also results in hundreds of kilograms of greenhouse gases being released every year.

    The popular Fridge Buyback program has collected more than 17,500 second fridges from NSW homes.

    Fridge Buyback collaborates with 45 councils in Metropolitan Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Illawarra and the Shoalhaven

    The program, the only one of its kind in Australia, provides a rebate for residents to get rid of their old energy-guzzling second fridges. It is currently operating in 45 NSW Councils and there are plans to expand further.

    The refrigerant used in older fridges, the banned R-12, in addition to being highly damaging to the ozone-layer is also a potent greenhouse gas 8500 times more damaging than CO2.

    It is estimated that every molecule of R-12 released into the atmosphere destroys some 250,000 molecules of protective ozone if not properly collected.

    Fridges collected under the Fridge Buyback program are professionally degassed and the metals recycled.

    The program is expected to prevent more than 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. It is already saving residents over $3.7 million per year off their power bills. If all NSW residents got rid of their second fridges it is estimated that they would save over $130 million a year!

    Fridge Buyback is targeting the big old fridges in people’s garages, laundries and workshops. To participate in the program, they must be working second fridges that have been in regular use, are 250 litres or more in size and at least 10 years old.

    Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collection by professional removalists and a $35 rebate if the removal of the fridge involves 6 steps or less. The fridge is collected for free if there are between 7 and 20 steps but no rebate is available. A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.

    Households that have been using two fridges can have their old working second fridges collected by calling 1800 708 401 or visit the Fridge Buyback website at http://www.fridgebuyback.com.au.

    Fridge Buyback is supported by the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund and is part of the NSW Climate Change Fund rebates

  2. Will buy dozens of this device for hotel, but when it will possible to use in industry

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