All fired up, l to r: local energy expert Colin George from Cool Planet, Qld GM of Beyond Zero Emissions Emma Bosworth, lead researcher and presenter Trent Hawkins and Transition Byron Shire’s Sapoty Brook at last night’s event.
Sapoty Brook, Transition Byron Shire -- Echonet Daily
Energy efficiency is a cheaper and easier way than renewables to get reductions in carbon emissions, a new report has found.
And reverse-cycle air-conditioning should replace gas heaters because it uses 80 per cent less energy.
Heat pumps also are better than solar hot water in winter in cooler climates, according to Trent Hawkins, project coordinator for the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan.
These were some of the controversial findings of the report, sponsored by Beyond Zero Emissions, which Mr Hawkins presented to a full house at the Byron Sport and Cultural Complex last night.