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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 5th 2008
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 6, 2008 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Being a fan of the fan can be real cool on your pocket THIS summer EnergyAustralia is urging homeowners to remember the fan when wanting to keep cool, keep costs down and minimise greenhouse emissions. EnergyAustralia's energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said fans should always be your first port of call when trying to cool your home. ''Fans can be cheap to buy, cheap to run and there are designs out there to suit any home,'' Mr Myors said. ''Ceiling fans cost about 1 cent per hour to run, or about $4 a year. Compare that to an air conditioner which can cost between 30 to 40 cents an hour or more than $200 a year.'' Now is the time of year to make sure your ceiling fans are on the summer setting (forward rotation). This will circulate the cool air around the room in the most efficient manner. The benefit of a pedestal fan is you can take it to which ever room of the house you are in. They're also the cheapest to buy, with prices starting at around $20. Running a fan in the bedroom on a low setting during the night will keep you comfortable while sleeping, with minimal impact on your energy bill. Join the walk against warming A COALITION of concerned Australians is organising a day of community action to raise awareness about global warming and show politicians the community wants stronger action to limit climate change. The Walk Against Warming at Martin Place on Saturday, November 15, will highlight the need for laws to be put in place to reduce Australia's greenhouse pollution through a reduction in energy use; a shift to renewable energy; better public transport systems; an end to land clearing and logging of old growth forests; and a price being placed on carbon pollution. ''Join thousands of other Aussies at a Walk Against Warming event to send a clear message to our political leaders that the community wants bolder and more effective government action on climate change,'' a spokesman said. For details visit www.walkagainstwarming.org Plumbers urged to be greener PLUMBERS are urged to take advan- tage of the free training sessions being offered in sustainable prac- tices for water and energy savings. The free workshops are led by the Master Plumbers' and Mechanical Services Association of Australia and supported by local governments, industry partners and the State Government Climate Change Fund. The two workshops, Caring for Our Water and Solar Hot Water, will deliver technical and practical infor- mation to enhance plumbers' skills and knowledge about the environ- mental aspects of their work. Caring for Our Water will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 and 12, at Ashbury Senior Citizens Centre, 66 Princess St, Ashbury, from 3.45pm to 8pm. Solar Hot Water will be held on Thursday, November 13, at Ashbury Senior Citizens Centre from 3.45pm to 8pm. To register, email green@mpmsaa. org.au or phone 03 9927 5800. Consumers can call 1300 368 519 to find their local GreenPlumber. Alternative fuel: Council looks to get the good oil on costs ASHFIELD Council is to introduce biodiesel fuel for its depot vehicles and plant equipment after a successful five-month trial of the alternative fuel. The biodiesel fuel could be introduced as early as this month, with Ashfield following the lead of neighbours Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, as well as Blacktown, Bankstown, Manly and City of Sydney councils. Biodiesel is made by a chemical process called transesterfication, which involves removing the glycerine from vegetable oil or animal fat. B20 Biodiesel fuel comprises 20 per cent biodiesel blended with 80 per cent fossil diesel. Ashfield Council's sustainability officer Janene Harris said biodiesel fuel has a number of environmental benefits. ''Biodiesel fuel is a non-toxic, renewable resource, with the added benefit of being biodegradable,'' she said. ''It can be used in most modern diesel engines without any modification, making it relatively easy for Council to convert its depot fleet to biodiesel. ''Biodiesel reduces visible tail pipe emissions, as well as overall emissions when compared to petro- diesel.'' Ashfield Mayor Ted Cassidy said the cost of biodiesel fuel was comparable to regular fuel but the council also anticipates productivity savings from using biodiesel fuel. ''During the trial council realised significant productivity savings, as our supplier, The Biodiesel Station, re-fuelled our vehicles at our depot, which meant less time required for staff having to drive to petrol stations to refuel,'' he said. ''Reducing our overall emissions is also in line with our greenhouse gas reduction goals as part of the Cities for Climate Protection Program.'' 2170834i iww wk19
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