If you are like most people, then your life will be already full. No space in your day. Kids, work, running your house, socialising with friends.
Then along comes the biggest challenge of all – climate change. It’s enough to tear your hair out, or leave you unable to move. Like a stunned mullet.
Your family home will have an energy pie looking something like the one on the left.
This will tell you roughly where you can save on your home energy bills. Notice that some slices – like your home heating and hot water bills – are much bigger than the other slices.
Now take any one of the seven slices and have a good look at it. Pull it apart. You will see there are many ways to reduce the size of that particular slice. Reducing the size of each slice reduces the size of the whole pie (your power bill).
Secondly, you will notice that shaving 5% off a big slice – like the hot water one – will cut your power bills much more than shaving 5% off a thin slice. So it really pays to focus on the ‘big ticket’ items as your top priority.
And – this appears to defy the laws of gravity, but its true! – you can shrink the pie whilst saving money and improving your comfort level. All at once. Why wouldn’t you?
Elinor lives in west Moonah and is over the moon, because she has reduced her household energy usage by 40% in just three years. She couldn’t have done it without knowing what she was using in the first place and where it was being used.
So she measured everything and made a big list – and put a number next to each item.