Energy saving tips for a peak event
Reducing your energy use doesn’t have to be difficult – just ask our recent Peak Energy Rewards competition winners and customers, Jennifer and Gunjan. Here are their top energy saving tips for peak events and day-to-day living.
1. Dry clothes outside or on drying racks indoors
When a peak energy event is on, try to keep the dryer off. And the rest of the time, the less you use your dryer, the more power you can save.
2. Use your heater less
Turn off the heater and keep warm in other ways. Put on a jumper, snuggle under a blanket in front of the TV, or take a heat pack to bed instead of turning on the electric blanket.
3. Use aircon as a last resort
Do your bit by turning off the aircon and cooling your home using fans and cross ventilation. When it’s really hot, Jennifer closes the shutters on her windows to keep the heat out and the cooler air inside.
4. Make the switch to LED lighting
It’s always good practice to switch off any lights you’re not using. For a more long-term way to save, LED lighting is incredibly energy-efficient and can help reduce your power consumption over the long term.
5. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they’re full
And if a peak event is scheduled, delay turning on the dishwasher or washing machine for a few hours.
6. Invest in insulation if you can
A well-insulated home will keep its temperature for longer, saving on heating and cooling. Draft stoppers on the door and heavy curtains on the windows can also help keep the heat inside during the winter months.
7. Reduce oven use
Your oven uses a lot of power and keeping it off during peak events can help you meet your reduction target. When you do turn it on, why not make the most of it and cook several days of meals at once? Jennifer preps multiple meals at a time in the oven and reheats them in the microwave later.
8. Reduce standby power
Getting into the habit of turning appliances off at the wall when not in use can help you save power in peak events and over the longer term.
“You don’t need to keep your TV running when you’re in bed, and you don’t need your phone charger running when you’re out for the day,” says Jennifer.
9. Keep an eye on your usage
Both Jennifer and Gunjan keep track of their monthly usage. Jennifer looks at her monthly Energy Insights emails, and Gunjan checks the AGL app regularly to see his energy use snapshot. By identifying when they are using the most electricity, they can see where they can reduce their usage.