Energy saving tips
We’ve put together the following tips to help you reduce your energy consumption:
Unplug unused appliances or switch them off at the wall. Standby energy use can become significant.
Make sure you only run your dishwasher, laundry machine and dryer when there is a full load. It’s a lot more efficient.
Replace old lights with new energy efficient lights such as LEDs, and reduce your bill by hundreds of dollars a year.
Set your freezer to -18°C and your refrigerator between 2°C and 5°C for the best efficiency.
Make sure there is a bit of space behind your refrigerator for air circulation.
Take advantage of natural daylight to light up spaces in the house.
- Use ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning.
- Keep the windows open to allow air flow throughout the house.
- On hot sunny days, keep the curtains drawn to avoid heating up the house.
- Don’t cool down rooms you’re not using.
- Cook on the barbeque outside if you can - This will prevent your house from heating up.
- If you run the air conditioner, make sure you keep all windows shut and seal off any unused fireplaces/draughts.
- Capture the sun’s warmth by opening curtains during the day and closing them before dark.
- Keep doors, curtains and blinds closed in heated rooms in the evening and in the evening.
- Place heaters away from windows.
- Use the thermostat and timer on your heaters so they automatically turn on and off as required.
- Instead of using electric heating in the bedroom at night, use a hot water bottle.