The Australian Alliance to Save Energy’s Summer Study Program draws together an eclectic mix of people, all leaders in the push to reduce carbon emissions by saving people money. There are representatives from government, community groups, heavy industry, global industrial equipment suppliers like Caterpillar and Siemens, and engineering consultants. All of them can tell you a myriad of ways that we carelessly waste energy and how we could readily save money using simple technologies and practices you can buy off the shelf today. These people don’t tend to focus on ‘big bang’, ‘gee whiz’ stuff. Rather they have a keen eye for detail and are adept at picking up on lots of little things that cumulatively can make a major impact on carbon emissions.
Despite being an incredibly diverse group of people they will all agree on three fundamental things that are holding them back from saving us money and helping the environment at the same time: