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Carbon footprint around the world

As a well-developed country, most Australians have easy access to clean running water, electricity with the flick of a switch, heating  and cooling in most homes, as well as the convenience of printing when we want and easy to purchase plastic bottles and containers.

Whilst we all love the opportunity of being able to easily obtain these items, we often take them for granted and are therefore less concerned of the consequences associated with
these actions. This often means that we leave a larger carbon footprint than we realise. A carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gases caused by either a person or an organisation. More specifically, it is a measure of carbon dioxide and methane created, which contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer.

According to EPA Victoria, our carbon footprint in 2008 was 2.8 times beyond the level that the planet can regenerate on an annual basis. In comparison to other developed nations,
Australia’s estimated emissions per person is significantly higher than countries including Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, as well as aggressively industrialized countries like China.

With the dreaded carbon tax around the corner, many organisations and households have actively become more aware with the price rise in electricity bills and the extra $23 a tonne that needs to be paid for carbon emissions. The daily habitual activities that most Australian families undertake will also need to be carefully re-evaluated against the cost associated. It is also the time where many Australia’s are looking into alternative solutions to combatting the rise in cost of living – and solar seems to be a popular option.

By leveraging the suns natural resource, a solar power system is able to capture the energy generated from the sun to convert it into usable energy around the home. This ultimately
means that as more electricity used is derived from the rooftop solar panels, less electricity needs to be purchased from energy retailers, therefore lowering the average electricity bills. So what are you waiting for, join the solar revolution now!

For more information, refer to:

http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/ecologicalfootprint/ausfootprint/default.asp

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/13646954/electric-shock-of-220-a-year-looms/

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