Power women

Power women

Smart energy use

“I cut down my energy consumption dramatically by turning off electronic chargers, switching off unnecessary lights & taking short showers. My bills are now down to about $12 a week from $21.”

- Katie McSweeney, energy saver and power woman.

Power women halve energy use

Ten Sydney women have joined forces to save on their energy bills, equivalent to the amount of power for 4 average family homes for a week.

The 3 month Women Power pilot was an initiative of 1 Million Women, an organisation of women taking action on climate change by changing the way they live. The pilot was made possible through a City of Sydney environmental grant.

“We challenged our 10 participants to save 20 per cent of their home electricity use,” says 1MW founder Natalie Isaacs. “And they responded by absolutely smashing the target with an average saving level of nearly half their electricity use.

“Our Women Power pilot shows that big, bold energy-saving targets and behaviour change are attainable.”

Katie McSweeney, who lives in the inner west, said her journey as a ‘power woman’ was educational and enlightening and she is reaping the rewards of reduced power bills.

“I really started paying attention to my power usage patterns,” says Ms McSweeney. “Most of my energy consumption came from hot water heating and charging of electronic appliances such as tablets, laptops and phones.

“I’ve been able to identify simple ways to cut my energy consumption.” 

By making these changes, Ms McSweeney has been able to cut her energy consumption by a massive 41 per cent, doubling the target set for her by 1 Million Women.

The pilot was a great example of women harnessing their economic power to make smart choices, save energy and reduce their power bills. It shows that everyone can play a part in saving energy, and by taking small steps to introduce energy-saving and water-saving measures at home, we can make a real difference to our environment.

And through the collaboration between 1MW, the City of Sydney and this group of motivated ‘power women’, the results speak volumes. “If a million women in a million households reduced their home electricity consumption by 20%, we could collectively save at least $240 million a year and remove the need for 2 small coal-fired power stations,” suggests Ms Isaacs.

In other words, we can all make a difference to our environment through the application of simple ideas and little effort. We just need to start by switching off now. 

Last updated: Monday, 11 April 2016