Energy Saving Technology

Futureworld Eco-Technology Centre

I would like to alert DEA members and invite them to give their support to the Futureworld Eco-Technology Centre in Coniston, Wollongong. Futureworld is a not for profit community based organization almost entirely dependent on volunteers. The Centre also has strong connections to the University of Wollongong.

The Eco-Technology Centre will be opening shortly and will exhibit cutting edge, developing and current commercially available environmentally friendly technologies including energy saving technologies. Three Illawarra environmental technology world firsts, the Solar Sailor, Energetec's Wave Power and Brightstar Environmental Solid Waste to Energy (SWERF) will be demonstrated.

NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: FROM THE ‘IN SEARCH OF SUSTAINABILITY’ (ISOS) INTERNET CONFERENCE

by Bryan Furnass 23 June 2003

Summary Australia is a world leader in per capita fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. More sustainable methods of energy production have been inhibited by government policies which have supported the mining industries at the expense of research and development in renewable energy technologies. We have the potential in terms of resources and expertise to become a world leader in energy sustainability through industrial development and lifestyle choices.

Australians, like other wealthy humans, use huge quantities of fossil fuel to produce and transport our requirements all over the nation and the world. We have become oblivious to our dependence on energy and assume our ‘modern’ lifestyle is sustainable. Production of oil will soon peak and the transition to renewable energy will involve a substantial reduction in energy use.

Junk Mail and Recycled paper

3 June 2003

We have received questions on these issues from members. They are important environmental issues in relation to paper wastage and climate change. Collectively consumers can have influence

Junk mail

You can get rid of a proportion of your junk mail by contacting the Australian Direct Marketing Authority 02 9368 0366. You put yourself onto the "Do not call, Do not mail" list Your name is then circulated to list brokers who take your name off their list. It takes up to 6 weeks for your mail to start decreasing.

Many doctors return selected mail unopened with a message written on the front "If you keep sending this we will never buy your product, use your drug" etc. Many find this produces a result and doesn't cost anything

Response to: The oil industry, climate change and poverty

11 June 2003

Some oil companies are better than others. Greenpeace has identified Mobil/Exxon (Texaco) as one of the worse at present. They are the only company still supporting Shale oil in Australia (Gladstone), and their environmental and human rights record, as well as political lobbying (eg. against US signing Kyoto protocol) is notorious. Meanwhile, BP is the largest distributor of solar photovoltaic panels in Australia, though alternative energy is still a tiny fraction of total income from petroleum.

I am making a personal effort to avoid their petrol outlets. Perhaps this is little more than symbolic, but boycotts of Shell in Europe in the late 1980's was a significant reason for many multinationals to divest in South Africa and thus hastening the end of the Apartheid government due to worsening economic conditions. I have also recently placed bumper stickers on my car saying "Mobil = no.1 Climate Criminal" - sourced from Greenpeace.

The oil industry, climate change and poverty

Global warming is a health issue and it is important that we are aware of the activities of the oil industry that maintains our present way of life.

It might be stating the blindingly obvious, but even the doubters now recognise that the underlying reason for the war on Iraq was to secure oil for the United States. The evidence that includes the preparation for this war some years ago, seems overwhelming. How intelligent man can go to war for a resource that is set to destroy us through climate change is bewildering.

I think you would be enlightened by an article in the Guardian Weekly of May 21 by Gary Younge entitled AXLES OF EVIL. It describes the surge of sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in the USA fostered by macho image, individualism and nationalism invoked by the makers. We are told that Arnold Schwartzneger has 5 different models and Mike Tyson has 4! These huge passenger vehicles guzzle 4 times as much petrol as a saloon car.

Economics of photovoltaic systems

From Dr. David King
Centre for General Practice, University of Queensland

I have recently installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) grid feed system and a solar hot water system. My out of pocket expenses after relevant rebates were $11,000 for the PV system and $1,500 for the solar hot water. Solar hot water is a more efficient use of sunlight, and will have a payback time on your investment in 4-9 years, depending on previous hot water usage - ie. payback in 25 - 33% of the 'payback' time on investment in solar electricity (PV). Thus solar power should be considered by all environmental activists as an affordable minimum step to aim for if your pre-existing system is nearing the end of its predicted lifespan, or sooner.

Solar power loans

by David Shearman, Anne Paizs, Monica Oliphant 20 May 2002

From David Shearman
With the health aspects of climate change as one of the priorities of DEA, we have received a number of letters about solar power systems for the home. As an example, I send you, below, a copy of a letter from Anne Paizs, from Tasmania. She refers to a lack of interest from banks. I have found out that the Bendigo Bank provides a Green Personal Loan for solar power and for other developments in the home that have an environmental impact. For further information contact: Owen Davies, Bendigo Bank, Phone (03)54339866

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