My Trip to Australia, Part 4: Energy Conservation

Kristen Aubut

During our three-week trip to Australia, I observed that energy conservation seemed to be a top priority for most Australians. Clothes lines could be spotted behind almost every house, whether in the country or in the city. During our stay, we hung our laundry on the huge clothes line in the back, as you can see in the pictures below. Air drying prevents fossil fuels from being burned to make electricity, it prevents all that heat from being produced by the clothes dryer, it slows the wear and tear of clothes and it gives you a reason to go outside and enjoy the fresh air!

My husband’s grandmother gets annoyed when the bower birds steal the blue clothes pins right off her line and drop them in the woods behind her house. When she goes out walking, she collects the pins and brings them back to the line. She is not sure why they only go after the blue ones.

Every electrical outlet I came across, whether in the old farmhouse, in the new construction home of my husband’s aunt, or the hotel in Sydney, was fashioned with power switches. If the outlet is not being used, you flip the switch to off to save energy.

With the global population increasing at such a fast rate, we all need to be wiser with our energy consumption. Unplugging appliances that are not in use and using clothes lines more and electric dryers less are good ways to conserve energy.

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