Friday, May 16, 2008

Lots of Greenpower

We all know the suscribing to greenpower means an increase in the amount of renewable energy that is produced. When a lot of people subscribe to greenpower, then it really adds up.

According to the most recent figures, there are now around 700,000 households subscribing to Greenpower. And in the last quarter of last year, 349 gigawatt hours of renewable energy was created trough Greenpower.

In electricity bill units - that's 349,000,000 kWh!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

58% Flick Their Switch

Remember Earth Hour? About a month ago we turned our lights off for one hour on a Saturday night. According to polling published on the Earth Hour website, 58% of Aussie adults took part in the event.

pic courtesy of Earth Hour
"The overwhelming support for Earth Hour from Australians across the country has amazed us and shows the willingness of both business and individuals to start cutting emissions," said WWF-Australia Earth Hour Director, Andy Ridley.

"The polling only targeted people over 18 years of age and, given the popularity of Earth Hour among kids, the actual number of participants is likely to be much higher."

Monday, May 05, 2008

We Pay BHP $117million

A couple of weeks ago i mentioned the tax-breaks for huge mining companies. Well today i read that BHP Billiton is going to reap $117 million in tax credits during the 4 year expansion of one of its mines.

And as if that wasn't bad enough, it is estimated that the company's annual rebate from the Australian taxpayer is $138 million. Personally, i could think of much better ways to spend $138 million.