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Renewable energy is a source of energy that can’t be used up, but rather, is continually being replaced allowing for long term energy that is "cleaner" and "greener". Renewable energy involves technologies designed to acquire energy from a variety of sources that can’t run out on human timescales, for example:
Singleton Council believes in the importance of thinking long term, and with the mining industry supplying not only power but also jobs for the local economy, it is important that we start to transition our community towards a more sustainable future. Currently, Council has a signed agreement under the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme that has been mandated by the Commonwealth Government. By the year 2020, Singleton Council has agreed to source 20% of the energy it uses from renewables.
Singleton Council has also worked hard to establish changes to our local lighting systems with street lights being phased from inefficient halogens to more efficient LEDs. The benefits here are:
More and more, households are utilising renewables in and around their homes to help supplement power they receive from the electricity grid or even to power their homes entirely!
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However, you don’t need to install a roof full of solar panels to improve your homes energy efficiency or its environmental impact. Simple and effective ways to reduce the impact of a home include: