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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Energy saving tips for Earth Hour
Global event Earth Hour is nearing, and Solar Shop Australia is encouraging Australians to think more broadly about the environmental impact of their daily lifestyle choices. Permanently adopting intelligent energy habits will make households more energy efficient and deliver benefits not only to the environment but also the hip pocket. , Daniel Edgecombe, General Manager of Retail for Solar Shop Australia, said initiatives, such as Earth Hour, are a great way to raise awareness about energy efficiency long term,what must happen is a shift in thinking to renewable energy . Domestic energy use and our dependence on cars, account for almost one fifth of Australia s greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number ofways homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint, Mr Edgecombe said. He suggests homeowners consider the followingenergy saving tips to live a more environmentally sustainable life: GOING SOLAR Invest in a quality solar PV system appropriate to your home. Going solar uses the sun s energy, which is naturally available, Mr Edgecombe said. You can not only eliminate your carbon emissions, butpractically wipe out your energy bill by selling excess energy back to grid. Solar energy not only makes good environmental sense, italso makes good financial sense, adding value to your property and ensuring you are insulated from rising power costs during the coming years. REMOTE CONTROL Mr Edgecombe said around five per cent of Australia s household energy is wasted on standby power. Consider using a power board with a remote off switch. For example, a television, stereo and DVD player plugged into a power board with a remote switc can be turned off at once, h eliminating any unnecessary standby power usage Mr Edgecombe said. ,

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