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Energy Saving Tips
Lighting & Appliance Tips
- A sure-fire way to instant savings is to switch off lights and appliances when not in use. In fact, the average household can slash around $100 a year off their electricity bill by turning appliances off at the power point!
- By simply replacing incandescent bulbs and halogen downlights with more efficient alternatives you can reduce your lighting electricity use by about 60%
- Make instant savings by switching off the spare fridge. The second (or even third) refrigerator is a common culprit behind high electricity bills, whereas it might only be used around holiday times and for BBQs. Consider switching it off when it is not required and you could keep as much as $200 in your wallet!
Heating, Cooling and Insulation Tips
- Insulate and draught proof your home to hold in the heat in winter and keep it out in summer
- Putting on an extra layer when inside in winter months can slash heating costs
- Close curtains during sunny summer days and after sunset in winter
- Draught proof around windows and doors. Check your local hardware store for draught stoppers and sealing tape
- Insulate your ceiling to reduce heating and cooling cost by up to a quarter
- Consider under floor insulation if your home is on piers
- Close doors to bathrooms, laundries and bedrooms when heating and cooling your house
- Set the thermostat of your airconditioner (and heater) to about 18-21oC in winter and 24-26oC in Summer.
Hot Water Tips
- Reduce the amount of time spent in the shower, try to keep showers under 4 minutes (tip: use a shower timer to help guide your time limits). By shaving just one minute of your usual shower time, you could save as much as 7,000 litres of water every year
- If you don't already have one, install a water-efficient showerhead. Inefficient showerheads can consume over 20 litres per minute, whereas efficient showerhead use 9 litres or less per minute
- Take shorter showers rather than baths. This simple action can save up to 70-litres of water each time
- Set your washing machine to a cold temperature setting - this will cut up to 90% off your running costs
- Reduce the temperature on your electric hot water system storage tank to 60 degrees Celsius. This action could slash as much as 5% of your electricity bill. (Note: you will need a plumber or electrician to do this if the thermostat is located inside the unit)
- If your going on holidays turn off your hot water heater
- Insulate outdoor water pipes. This will reduce the amount of time you need to run the tap before you receive hot water. You could save as much as one litre of water each time you turn on the tap!
- Take advantage of rebates currently available to upgrade to a solar or energy efficient hot water system. Details on rebates are provided below.
For more great tips to help you save energy visit the Save Power website.
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To find out more about saving energy or water in the home phone 4974 2549.