A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see John Dee speak at the CleanTech Connect event on the Sunshine Coast. He has achieved several very practical environmental improvements in Australia. For example, he initiated the three-year phasing out of energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs in Australia. This would have saved Australian consumers and businesses massive amounts in avoided electricity costs, not to mention the carbon. John also initiated the phasing out of phosphates in laundry detergents, which was causing algae problems in our waterways. John Dee is a great example of how the action of the individual, working with like-minded people, can lead to significant change.
John has a free ebook and online program, EnergyCut: Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business. It is quick and easy to use, suitable for homes as well as businesses, and can be found at http://energycut.com.au/
Although John’s talk focused on the EnergyCut program, he touched on other things. He talked about how smart technology is opening up different ways of controlling power use, even when you are not at home. To much laughter from the parents amongst the audience, he gave the example of how he can annoy his kids while away from home overseas by using an app to turn off the tv or air-conditioner.
He is also driving a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV. This car can be driven 50 km on electric-only range, after which it switches to a petrol engine. Like the Leaf, you can control the a/c and recharging with an app on your smart phone.