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.

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Tips to reduce emissions


What's the issue?

Have you ever stopped to make a link between the kitchen tap or your long hot shower and greenhouse gas emissions?

Urban water systems contribute to climate change as a result of: (a) consumption of energy derived from carbon based fuels, (b) biochemical processes which directly generate fugitive greenhouse gases, and (c) consumption of goods and services that involved energy consumption or the biochemical generation of fugitive greenhouse gases at some upstream point. (Flower, et al, 2007)

And it's not just the water itself, think about hot water...  yes there's more energy used to heat the water once it reaches your house. How much depends on the type and size of water heater.

The Victorian EPA uses an emission factor of 2.34 kg CO2-e per kilolitre of water (based on a 2007 RMIT Centre for Design study of the urban water supply system in Melbourne), while the study referenced above from Monash University suggests a factor of around 10 kg CO2-e per kilolitre of water when end-use activities are taken into consideration.

How to avoid and reduce emissions

  • Install water efficient products - taps, shower heads, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers.  There are star rating systems for water and energy efficiency that show you at a glance how efficient each product is.

  • Take shorter showers - the energy used to heat extra water for a long shower is a significant contributor to your greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Insulate the pipes between your water heater and the outlets (taps and showers), so you don't lose energy (heat) from the water as it is transported around your house.

  • Ensure you only use your dishwasher with a full load - they use the same amount of water and energy whether full or almost empty of dishes.

  • Washing machines may have adjustable water levels, but tend to use almost as much electricity when washing a small load as a large one - so try to wash clothes in full loads too.

  • While not strictly a related to water use, only fill your kettle with enough water to make your current cuppa.  Boiling a full kettle takes more energy than boiling a couple of cups - the extra energy is lost as the excess water cools.

  • Plant a drought tolerant garden that can survive on rainwater and requires no supplementary watering.

  • Investigate options to use non-potable water (water that is not treated to drinking quality) for the garden, toilet, bathroom and laundry.

  • A large roof may be perfect for rainwater collection, solar hot water, or both.

Offset the rest

It's important that we 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 businesses and individuals.

Offset your emissions

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