Tips to reduce emissions

At Greenfleet we believe that we all need to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not just offset them, to reach the low carbon future our society and planet need to survive.

>> Click on the icons on the left to find out how you can avoid and reduce your emissions in your every day life.



Tips to reduce emissions

Electricity & Gas

What's the issue?

All the electricity and gas consumed around your house releases greenhouse gas emissions.  Reducing your consumption of these energy sources will not only help tackle climate change, it will also save you money.

There are some very obvious energy consumers around the house... lights, stoves and ovens, fridges and freezers, heaters and coolers, TVs and stereos all use energy when you are actively using them.

There are also many hidden energy consumers like TVs, DVD players, computers,microwaves and other electrical items that get left on standby most of the day, to be used for less than a couple of hours per day.

Simple actions and technology changes with short payback periods can reduce your household energy consumption considerably.

How to avoid and reduce emissions

  • Empty rooms need no lighting - switch off lights when you leave the room.

  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs - they produce more light with less energy.

  • Check the seals on your oven, fridge and freezer and get them fixed if damaged or loose.  Make sure these appliance all have adequate ventilation so excess heat can escape.

  • Defrost your fridge and freezer before the ice builds up.  Ice build ups mean your fridge or freezer has to work harder to cool the air, thus consuming more energy and creating more emissions.

  • Reach for the stars! Look for the energy efficiency stars when you purchase new appliances - more stars means a more efficient appliance.  All fridges, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and air conditioners sold in Australia must carry an energy efficiency label.  Find out more and search for products at energy

  • Don't stand by while electricity is wasted. Standby power is used by many household appliances, providing a constant 'ready' state for on-demand use, however in many cases it serves no useful function or operates at excessive levels. Switch off appliances rather than switching to Standby wherever possible. Find out more about Standby power.

  • Purchase accredited GreenPower. This ensures that energy sourced from wind, solar or other renewable sources is fed into the electricity grid on your behalf.  The amount of renewable energy fed into the system will be equivalent to the amount of GreenPower you purchase, with most energy providers offering a choice of GreenPower products that vary from 10% to 100% renewable sources. In addition to offsetting your electricity consumption, you are also driving demand for renewable energy technologies and thus encouraging the development of these industries and away from emissions intensive sources.

What else?

Taking action in other areas of the house will also help to reduce your emissions:

Offset the rest

It's important to counteract the impact of the greenhouse emissions we create by undertaking an activity to absorb an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.  Greenfleet plants permanent, biodiverse, native forests to offset greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of individuals and businesses.

Offset your emissions

> Click here to offset your emissions as an individual or a family.

> Click here to offset the emissions generated by your organisation.