EcoSwitch® Blog Archive
Stay sensibly warm this Winter
Winter is the most expensive season when it comes to energy use, so follow these straightforward tips to make your home as energy efficient as possible this winter.
6 reasons to buy an EcoSwitch
There aren’t many products that can save you money and make you a better global citizen with barely any effort on your part, and the EcoSwitch leads the category by a mile.
Air travel – the biggest carbon sin?
How much of a carbon footprint can you possibly generate just living a modest, environmentally-aware lifestyle? The answer has a lot to do with the answer to another question: How often do you fly?
The cost of network standby
Network standby is here to stay, and it costs a lot of energy. But the issue of standby networking is flying under the radar, threatening to undermine other energy saving initiatives.
Tips for making an Earth Day once a month
Make one day a month your own private Earth Day and do just one thing to be more energy efficient, environmentally conscious, and beneficial to the world at large.
The nuts and bolts of saving money through energy efficiency
The recently released Low Carbon Lifestyles report, aims directly at the wallets of everyday consumers in Australia, seeking to demonstrate the clear relationship between a more energy-conscious lifestyle and lower energy bills.
Breathe easier in Australia with Helioculture
Imagine a world where not only is fuel for our infrastructure readily and plentifully available without having to drill, strip-mine, or frack for it, but which in turn absorbs some of the pollution produced? Helioculture could be the answer.
Getting intense about energy efficiency
The struggle for energy efficiency, environmental responsibility, and energy savings is a global one, but there are many factors that affect the Energy Intensity of a country. So which countries rank the highest and why?
Data Centres: the invisible problem
Data Centres will constitute a larger and larger piece of our energy consumption picture as our lives move increasingly into the digital realm. Despite the fact this means we’ll no longer be able to see the direct physical evidence of our impact on the world, reducing that impact remains important.
The zombie house apocalypse
If you own a home and live a modern lifestyle, chances are your house is using more power than you realise – most of it being wasted on unnecessary standby power.
How to encourage your staff to save power
Do One Thing (DOT) is an incredibly effective concept that encourages everyone to take responsibility for their personal impact on the world and simply do one thing.
Do you have a carbon pawprint?
The time has come for all pet owners to consider not just their own carbon footprint, but also the carbon pawprint of their little friends.
The sum of the parts of your environmental impact
A small adjustment in how you live, multiplied over the span of your country and then the world, can make a real dent in both our power consumption and the damage being done to the environment as a result.
EcoSwitch on ‘The New Inventors’
In today’s world, you haven’t really made it until you appear on national television. That means the EcoSwitch ‘made it’ back in 2007, when creator Rod Sheppard appeared with the product in an episode of The New Inventors.
Cut your power bill this Autumn
Reducing your carbon footprint now means your home will be ready when the Winter arrives, and those additional heating costs can be offset by these simple energy-saving measures.
Windy potential in Australia
Australia’s failure to truly harness wind power is a mystery, given that Australia is ideally suited to take advantage of this natural, clean, and energy efficient way to produce electricity.
EcoSwitch rated by Choice magazine
It can be difficult, sometimes, to figure out who’s telling the truth in the marketplace and who’s just trying to sell you something at any price. That’s why we were extremely excited to see the EcoSwitch reviewed by Choice – The People’s Watchdog.
Turn your business green
Sometimes making your business more Green has nothing to do with changing procedures or the way you do business. The fact is that ‘going green’ in your business doesn’t have to be more than a few simple changes.
Switch off: automatically green with the EcoSwitch
Even when you are standing in the dark at night, with everything off and silent, your home is still humming with energy and technology. It’s a short jump to thinking about how much of that energy is wasted.
World Water Day: put down those bottles!
For people who live in developed nations, water is often an afterthought. World Water Day seeks to inspire individuals to do what they can in the fight to share water resources more fairly and conserve water and use it more thoughtfully.
Earth Hour has spread around the globe, becoming a truly international event that shows the true power of a supposedly ‘symbolic’ gesture. It’s a reminder to everyone in the world that what we think of as our modern existence relies on energy, and that the energy we rely on isn’t infinite.
Energy saving devices: all the small things
One of the worst misconceptions about a more energy- and environmentally-aware lifestyle is that it will require jettisoning all comfort and enjoyment in favour of a stern and joyless lifestyle, but this is absolutely not the case.
Rod Sheppard wins 2013 Energy Efficiency All Star award
Rod Sheppard, inventor of the EcoSwitch, has been recognised as an energy-efficiency ‘all star’ for his innovation in the clean energy market.
The instant-on world: standby power and its uses
The approach to standby power usage must be balanced. Using devices as they were designed to be used, but identifying unnecessary power use is the key to having both a clear conscience and a comfortable home.
Reduce energy consumption by driving green
You don’t need to wait for a hybrid car to magically appear in your driveway – there are many ways you can reduce your energy consumption and increase the efficiency of your car just by changing your driving habits.
Fundraising with the EcoSwitch
Next time you organise a fundraiser, why not make it do double duty as an awareness-raising event for the environment and the issue of wasted energy in our homes? It’s a win-win for everyone involved – you, the people who attend your event, and the environment!
Save power: simple, passive things you can do today
Homes can’t save energy all by themselves: the people who inhabit them must do their part. There are several simple, easy things that can all be accomplished in a few quick minutes, and for very little investment.
Power consumption: changing times in Australia
Power consumption in Australia is changing, but is it because the population is becoming increasingly aware of the cost and environmental impact of their energy usage?
The Summertime switch off challenge
Being energy efficient is a year-round commitment. Electricity usage spikes in the summer months as people try to bear the heat, and as a result that’s the season we need to be even more careful about our energy usage.
What the United States can teach us about energy saving schools
A lot can be learnt by looking at how the U.S. encourages energy efficiency in an academic setting. Schools offer a tremendous opportunity for saving energy.