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Richard Glover: The power of being a changemaker

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27.09.2019

Forget Greta Thunberg, I am the world’s leading climate change campaigner. Well, since last Wednesday. That’s when we had the solar panels installed, linked to an app on my phone.

Now, wherever I am, I can open the app and see how much energy we are creating and how much we are consuming. Right now, we’re exporting 2.37 kW’s to the grid.

Lolling in my chair at work, I luxuriate in the feeling. Yes, I’m saving the planet. More to the point: I’m coining upwards of 10 cents an hour, DOING NOTHING. If this keeps up, I could be a dollar ahead by the end of the day. Life does not get much better.

Sydney protesters demand action on climate change during a march through the CBD. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Certainly, you have to put in a bit of effort. Ever since I became an energy exporter, I have been patrolling the house, trying to maximise our production.

Yes, I get some complaints, along the lines of “I was using that light to read a book”, or “Why didn’t you save my work before turning off my computer”, but I think people are grateful for my assistance.

The app displays even the smallest amount of consumption, allowing me to check the savings as I turn off each computer, each light, each appliance, the router. It even calculates how many “trees” I’ve........

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