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Home Energy Audit

City of Prospect has a number of Home Energy Audit Toolkits available for loan at the Library. A home energy audit is a simple, step-by-step process of assessing how much energy your home uses. Undertaking an energy audit will help you to identify ways to be more energy efficient within your household. This can help to reduce your costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Preforming a home energy audit involves conducting a diligent walk-through of your home to determine how you currently use energy, and then comparing that usage to the most energy efficient practices. During an audit, you will be able to pinpoint where your house is losing energy and determine where improvements can be made. Ultimately this can lower your household's energy costs, and in turn, reduce your impact on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy Division of the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure has developed a do-it-yourself Home Energy Audit Toolkit. These kits provide practical tools and information to help householders discover easy ways to cut energy costs.  The kits include:

  • Power-Mate (a small meter that displays energy usage, cost and greenhouse gas emissions for appliances)
  • Infrared thermometer
  • Room thermometer
  • Compass
  • Stopwatch
  • Energy Friends home energy auditing manual
  • Laminated instruction sheet
  • Copies of the home energy audit worksheets.

By implementing some of the opportunities identified, a typical household has the potential to reduce energy costs by hundreds of dollars per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two to four tonnes per year.

Home Energy Audit Toolkits available for loan at the Library:

Prospect Library 
1 Thomas Street
Nailsworth  SA 5083

If you are a member of the One Card network, you can reserve your Home Energy Toolkit online today via the Prospect Library Catalogue, or by calling the library on (08) 8342 8170.   

 

Resilient East – tackling the challenges of climate change

Resilient East is an initiative between a united group of local councils. Those councils are the cities of Adelaide, Campbelltown, Burnside, Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Prospect, Tea Tree Gully, Unley, and the Town of Walkerville.

The goal of Resilient East is to improve the resilience of our communities, assets and infrastructure, local economies, and natural environment. With the aim of ensuing they they can cope with the inevitable impacts and challenges of climate change.

Resilient East has identified the vulnerabilities, risks, and level of adaptive capacity across the eastern region. This has then allowed us to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan with input from government, business, and community organisations.

The Climate Change Adaptation Plan offers a range of regional and local adaption pathways. These will help eastern region communities, businesses and the natural environment adapt, thrive and prosper.

If you would like more information on Resilient East, or to view the Climate Change Adaptation Plan please visit www.resilienteast.org.au 

 

Climate Change - Greenhouse Gas Basics

Natural Greenhouse Effect

A blanket of gases covers the Earth, which allows light energy from the sun to reach the Earth's surface, where it is converted to heat energy. Most of heat is re radiated towards space, but some is trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This is a natural effect, which keeps the Earth's temperatures at a level necessary to support life.

Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

Human activity particularly burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) and land clearing are increasing the concentrations of these gases that trap more heat and raise the Earth's surface temperatures. This is the enhanced greenhouse effect. Global warming is not caused by the hole in the ozone layer.

Interesting Fact

Greenhouse gases (GHG) are emitted every time we use:
1 kilowatt hour (represented as one unit on your electricity bill) of electricity = 1kg of GHG
1 megajoule (MJ) of gas = 0.06 kg of GHG
1 litre petrol = 2.5 kg of GHG

On average, an Australian household produces 15 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, which is equivalent to filling 15 family homes. How many tonnes of greenhouse gases is your household emitting?

For more information visit: http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change