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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact New way to track energy Councils will be able to track, assess and reduce their electricity use and carbon emissions, thanks to new technology from EnergyAustralia. WebGraphs is an online audit tool which shows businesses and organisations how much electricity they are using, when they are using it and the greenhouse impact. It provides historical and current data, which will help identify patterns in energy use. ''This means councils can then take steps to cut the waste,'' EnergyAustralia's energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said. ''It can be as simple as making sure all lights are switched off where practical, installing timers or sensors, making sure computers are switched off when not in use.'' The information is collected via a smart meter at major sites such as libraries, town halls, leisure centres and administration buildings that shows energy use at 15-minute intervals. EnergyAustralia has provided councils with a year's free subscription to WebGraphs to help trial the technology and assess long-term application. Business owners and organisations can call 1300 76 06 26 for information. Jump to it Here's a novel way to help Sydney Olympic Park's endangered green and gold bell frog population. During December, Telstra will donate $2.95 (less GST) to WWF every time a customer downloads a wallpaper of the frog to a compatible mobile phone. Funds raised will go towards conservation programs to help safe- guard species like the frog which are suffering serious population decline. Costs will be $2.95 (incl GST) plus standard SMS charges for Telstra customers and $3.55 (incl GST) for other customers with compatible handsets. Visit www.wwf.org.au/ wallpaper Trolley thanks Woolworths has thanked NSW and ACT shoppers for helping return wayward and lost shopping trolleys. In the past 12 months, Trolley Tracker has received more than 100,000 calls. The 24-hour hotline allows the public to report deserted trolleys, so collection teams can retrieve them. The success of Trolley Tracker is part of Woolworths plan to reduce its carbon emissions on projected growth by 40 per cent by 2015. Alternative gift: Dreaming of a green Christmas THE Total Environment Centre has released a list of Green Christmas and New Year ideas to help the environment this holiday season and beyond. ''What most people don't realise is that a few small changes during the festive season can really make a difference particularly with the increases in energy, carbon emissions and consumption that are a result of the Christmas and New Year period,'' Total Environment Centre director Jeff Angel (pictured) said. ''And they can then become part of your new green lifestyle.'' Some of the top Green Christmas ideas include: Use a local native for your Christmas tree that you can enjoy next Christmas or plant in your garden. Plastic trees often use toxic PVC which contains lead. Take reusable bags with you shopping and say no thanks to plastic bags. Save power and your eyes by getting away from the TV, PC, and console games and head out into the garden for a family game. Make your own Christmas cards reusing bits and pieces from around home or get creative online making your own e-cards. Use solar-powered or low energy LED Christmas lights and remember to switch the lights off when you go to bed. Support local services instead of purchasing products: massages, facials, gardening, and tickets to events. Buy second-hand and vintage gifts. Scour those markets and second hand stores for that perfect old record/CD/book or vintage item of clothing. A rainwater tank would make an excellent gift for friends/family with a vegetable/herb garden. And to start your New Year off being green: Switch to green energy. For a ranking of the most environmentally effective products, see TECs Green Electricity Watch www.greenelectricitywatch.org.au Purchase carbon offsets for your remaining carbon emissions. For a ranking of the most environmentally effective offsets, see TECs Carbon Offset Watch www.carbonoffsetwatch.org.au Plan a drought resistant garden -- get digging! Start a garden and have the freshest vegetables and herbs on your table! ''Anyone and everyone can use these simple, cost- effective tips to ensure the environment will have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year along with you and your family,'' Mr Angel said. RHODES WATERSIDE RIDER BOULEVARD RHODES 8765 8744 20% off Flight Centre Rhodes Waterside also offer travel vouchers - a perfect gift idea for Christmas. Introducing the unbeatable team at Flight Centre in the Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre A perfect gift idea for Christmas 2112428i iww wk25
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