A black balloon is a great way to show the impact our power use has on the environment. The Victorian Government was the first to use the black balloon concept and many states are adopting the idea because it helps us to visualise something we can't see - carbon pollution.
Imagine one black balloon contains 50g of carbon pollution. The average NSW home produces 160,000 black balloons of carbon pollution a year - that's easier to visualise than eight tonnes of carbon pollution! Multiply that by 2.7 million homes in our state and that's an enormous number of black balloons being released into the atmosphere each year.
If we see how many black balloons our electricity use produces, and how many balloons can be saved by easy changes, it's more motivating for us to make those changes happen and lower the number of black balloons we are producing.
The Save Power campaign and website provides tips and tools to help you measure how many black balloons your home and workplace produces and shows you how to start making changes that will have an impact straight away - both on our environment and your power bills.
The campaign also provides information for all sectors of the community about the many energy efficient programs the NSW Government is providing.
Have a look around the site for more information about how you can save power and make a Power Pledge to lower the number of black balloons you produce.