Climate change is effecting our precious alpine environment - but the good news is that skiers, snowboarders and snowplayers can all do something to help. Even a small change to our energy consumption now will help reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and thus help preserve our alpine environments in the future. The biggest cause of global warming is carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels such as oil and coal are burned for energy. So when you reduce your energy consumption, you fight global warming.
The Resort Management Board is participating in an innovative program; using infra-red thermography and air outflow measures to locate energy leakage points in buildings throughout the resort. The imagery and other measurements will be used to determine energy efficiency objectives and ultimately direct building improvements.
Ten simple ways to keep winter cool:
- Reduce energy used for transport - share a ride or take a bus to the snow and to work.
- Turn off lights and appliances when at home or on holiday - it is best to turn them off at the powerpoint.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances - choose the highest energy-efficient star rating and use compact fluorescent lights.
- Insulate your house or lodge - turn down the thermostat and use draught stoppers.
- Cut hot water consumption - wash clothes in cold water and fit water-efficient shower heads and reducers.
- Eco-buy - purchase greenhouse friendly products from local sources.
- Support renewable energy sources - switch to Green Power with your electricity supplier.
- Plant a tree - trees take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle - reducing waste reduces landfill and thus reduces production of the greenhouse gas methane.
- Lead change at your workplace or business - Spread the word to cool global warming and keep winter cool.
Visit www.keepwintercool.com.au to find out more ways that you can help!