Explore ways to save energy around your home

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Explore ways to save energy around your home

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Bathroom

Shower
  • Reduce the amount of hot water you use by having short showers and installing a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install flow restrictors in your bathroom, laundry and kitchen taps to reduce the amount of water that comes out.
Washing Machine
  • If you’re on a time-of-use energy tariff, set your washing machine to run during Off-Peak or shoulder times (unless you have a solar system).
  • Wash a full load of laundry in cold water, rather than hot water, as it uses less energy.
  • Use the ‘eco’ setting on your washing machine to lower its energy and water consumption.
  • Make use of that warm summer weather and avoid using a tumble dryer by hanging your clothes on a washing line or clothes horse.
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Bedroom

Computer Devices
  • Set your device to enter sleep or hibernate mode automatically after it hasn't been used for a few minutes.
  • Switch off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them as they draw a substantial amount of power.
  • Screensavers don’t save energy, so either turn your device off or switch it off at the wall.
  • Switch portable devices chargers off at the wall, as many of them continue to use power – even when a device isn’t plugged in.
Cooling
  • Use a fan to circulate air before running your air conditioner, to see if it’ll do the trick.
  • Set your air conditioner’s thermostat to 24 - 27⁰C, as every degree below can add 10% to its usage charges.
  • Cool your house naturally by opening your windows and blinds when the outside temperature drops.
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Kitchen

Dishwasher
  • If you’re on a time-of-use energy tariff, set your dishwasher to run during Off-Peak or shoulder times (unless you have a solar system).
  • Use the ‘eco’ setting on your dishwasher to lower its energy and water consumption.
  • Wait until it’s full before starting it up.
Fridge
  • Set your fridge and freezer thermostats to the recommended temperature (often being 4⁰C for the fridge and -18⁰C for the freezer) and regularly remove any frost build up.
  • To check if your fridge is using energy unnecessarily, place a $5 note in the door frames. If the note slips or blows in the draught, it’s likely that air is escaping and the seals need replacing.
Windows
  • Close windows and draw blinds early in the day to block out the summer heat.
  • Your home can gain up to 87% of its heat in summer through its windows. Double-glazing your windows and skylights can help keep cool air in, plus it reduces outside noise.
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Living Room

Lights
  • An oldie but a goodie: always remember to switch off the lights when you leave an empty room.
  • Install or replace all incandescent bulbs and halogen downlights with LED bulbs, as they provide the same lighting but use less watts.
Switch
  • Switch off appliances at the wall to reduce standby power use when you’re not using them.
TV
  • Plug your TVs, games consoles and other entertainment devices into a standby power control board, which can automatically switch off when they’re not being used.
bathroom

Bathroom

Shower
  • Reduce the amount of hot water you use by having short showers and installing a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install flow restrictors in your bathroom, laundry and kitchen taps to reduce the amount of water that comes out.
Washing Machine
  • If you’re on a time-of-use energy tariff, set your washing machine to run during Off-Peak or shoulder times(unless you have a solar system).
  • Wash a full load of laundry in cold water, rather than hot water, as it uses less energy.
  • Use the ‘eco’ setting on your washing machine to lower its energy and water consumption.
  • Avoid using a tumble dryer by hanging your clothes on a washing line or an indoor clothes horse if it’s raining.
bedroom

Bedroom

Computer Devices
  • Set your device to enter sleep or hibernate mode automatically after it hasn't been used for a few minutes.
  • Switch off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them as they draw a substantial amount of power.
  • Screensavers don’t save energy, so either turn your device off or switch it off at the wall.
  • Switch portable devices chargers off at the wall, as many of them continue to use power – even when a device isn’t plugged in.
winter-kitchen

Kitchen

Dishwasher
  • If you’re on a time-of-use energy tariff, set your dishwasher to run during Off-Peak or shoulder times (unless you have a solar system).
  • Use the ‘eco’ setting on your dishwasher to lower its energy and water consumption.
  • Wait until it’s full before starting it up.
Fridge
  • Set your fridge and freezer thermostats to the recommended temperature (often being 4⁰C for the fridge and -18⁰C for the freezer) and regularly remove any frost build up.
  • To check if your fridge is using energy unnecessarily, place a $5 note in the door frames. If the note slips or blows in the draught, it’s likely that air is escaping and the seals need replacing.
Windows
  • Your home can lose up to 40% of its heating in winter through its windows. Double-glazing your windows and skylights can help keep warm air in, plus it reduces outside noise.
living-room

Living Room

Heating
  • Set your thermostat between 18 – 20⁰C to maximise efficiency.
  • Close doors to any unoccupied rooms to maintain the temperature in the areas you’re using.
  • If you have ducted heating, close vents in unused rooms to create zoned areas in your home.
Lights
  • An oldie but a goodie: always remember to switch off the lights when you leave an empty room.
  • Install or replace all incandescent bulbs and halogen downlights with LED bulbs, as they provide the same lighting but use less watts.
Switch
  • Switch off appliances at the wall to reduce standby power use when you’re not using them.
TV
  • Plug your TVs, games consoles and other entertainment devices into a standby power control board, which can automatically switch off when they’re not being used.

Top tip! Buying a new appliance? Look for its energy rating.

Whether it's a new washer, dryer, fridge or freezer, always look at the energy rating label before you buy. The more stars, the less energy it’ll use – which will save you money in the long term.

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