The average Australian household uses up to 75 per cent of its energy supply to power appliances and on heating and cooling, which makes energy consumption in our everyday lives and the impact of increased energy prices, difficult to avoid.
However, there are ways in which we can reduce energy consumption in order to relieve the monetary pressures, which can also have an added benefit of a more comfortable and energy efficient home.
Simple and effective steps such as installing insulation with a high R-Value, closing windows and doors when air conditioners are running and turning off appliances when not in use have an impact on your energy savings. Having an energy efficient home not only benefits your pocket but also your comfort and health.
Here’s a list of our top energy saving tips.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. Make the change now and save up to $100 per year on running costs.8
Turn off appliances when not in use
Save up to $100 on power bills per year by switching off any unused appliances.9
Dress for the season
Most heat is lost through your head, hands and feet, before switching on heating and cooling appliances dress appropriately.10