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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

Audit Your Electricity Use

by Gary 7/2/2008 12:44:00 AM

For the average Australia household, electricity represens almost 20% of total household greenhouse gas emissions. For households with air conditioning, multiple refrigerators and TVs ths figure may be significantly higher.

Yet television shows like Carbon Cops and Eco Change show that reductions of electricity usage of in excess of %50 are possible for most households without making significant sacrifices.

In order to know where to start in reducing your electricity consumption, it is first important to undertake an electricity audit to determine where you are using the most electricity.

A few years ago you would have had to organise an electrician to do this work for you. Last year, Toni and I bought a meter that we could use to test the consumption of our appliances ourselves. This cost about $300.Monitor My Power Meter

I was delighted to find a similar power meter available over the internet for just $40.00.

The unit is know as the "Monitor My Power Meter" and is available from

You just plug the unit into the outlet, and plug your appliance into the meter to get real time power monitoring.

Enter your local electricity rates and the unit will tell you exactly how much the appliance is costing you to run! It also tracks the electricity used to show you exactly how much power you're using now and the peak levels that have been drawn. And it features backup batteries so you won't lose your information in a blackout or when you move it to a new socket.

If you know of a cheaper option available in the market place, then please let me know.

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