Top energy saving tips

Tackle the energy guzzlers in your home by pinpointing and understanding where the most energy is consumed. To give you a headstart we have listed some of our top tips below:

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Split system air conditioners run at a cost of approximately 28 cents per hour compared to 1 cent per hour for ceiling fans. Smart use of your ceiling fans to cool the room before switching on the air conditioning unit means you will use your air conditioner less.¹

2. Take shorter showers
Timers are a great way to monitor the time spent in the shower. You should limit your shower time to four minutes. Shortening your shower time by just two minutes could save you up to 40 litres of water per year.²

3. Maintain fridges and freezers
The fridge and freezer are the most used appliances in your home, running 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Ensure door seals are tight and the heat exchange coils at the back are clean and well ventilated. An old refrigerator could be costing up to $200 more to run per year.³

4. Full loads
Waiting until you have a full load before starting the dishwasher or washing machine could save you approximately 10 litres of water each wash. 4

5. Compare electricity suppliers
Compare electricity supplier rates to ensure you are getting the best deal. Determining the best deal for you doesn’t have to be difficult, visit your local government’s website for more information on how you can save.5

6. Cover pots and pans
Save on gas or electricity use by covering the pots and pans to help speed up the cooking process. Use an appropriate sized burner suitable for the pan size to avoid over use.6

7. Stop the clocks
The clock on the microwave uses more power than what is used to cook the food. So make sure you switch the microwave off when not in use.7

8. Get on line
Australia has some of the best weather around the world so why not make the most of it? Turn off the dryer and use the outside line to dry your clothes. washing machineMake the change now and save up to $100 per year on running costs.8

9. Turn off appliances when not in use
Save up to $100 on power bills per year by switching off any unused appliances.9

10. Dress for the season
Most heat is lost through your head, hands and feet, before switching on heating and cooling appliances dress appropriately.10

 

¹NSW Government, (2014) OfficeOfEnvironmentAndHeritage ²Australian Government, Department of Industry, (2013) YourHome  3Australian Government, Department of Industry, (2013) YourHome 4State Government of Victoria, (2014) SustainabilityVictoria 5Australian Government, Australian Energy Regulator, EnergyMadeEasy   6Australian Government, Australian Energy Regulator, EnergyMadeEasy 7Australian Government, Department of Industry, (2014) YourEnergySavings 8NSW Government, (2014) OfficeOfEnvironmentAndHeritage 9State Government of Victoria, (2014), SustainabilityVictoria 10LJ Hooker, Liveability