If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing of the benefits of renewables. But doing what’s best for the earth is easier said than done. Changing daily habits, like what and where you buy or how you travel, is one thing. But there are other decisions you can make to support environmentally healthy energy sources. We show you how to make your dollars talk.
1. Buy green power
The electricity sector is the largest source of greenhouse emissions in Australia. Most of it comes from coal and gas power stations. In fact, the major three providers – those that power three quarters of Australian households – have massive investments in these forms of energy generation.
It’s up to you to make an informed choice about your provider, so do some research. Check your company’s investment in different forms of energy sources (hydro, wind and solar) and look for what deals they might offer for renewables. The Green Electricity Guide can help.
2. Buy shares in community solar projects
Even if you’re renting and don’t have a roof for solar panels, you can look at investing in local solar power companies. For example, the Sydney Renewable Power Company, which is responsible for the 520kW solar installation on top of the new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, is open for public investment. The size of 12 tennis courts, this is Australia’s biggest city centre solar installation, big enough to generate electricity for about 100 homes a year. It’s run by a volunteer board.
“It’s inspiring how many people want to do something personally to tackle climate change and that was why Sydney Renewable Power Company was formed. After five years bringing all the elements together, it’s extremely rewarding and exciting to be able to give people in the community the opportunity to take action on climate change through investing in Sydney Renewable,” said Allegra Spender, Chair of SRPC.
3. Install solar in your home
If you’re lucky enough to own your own home, you won’t regret investing in your own solar panels. Read everything you need to know in our handy guide and get inspiration from others who’ve taken the plunge in Ultimo and Newtown.