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Let's take a look at how you can work towards meeting your energy reduction targets during the peak event.
Your energy reduction targets are based off your normal usage patterns during the time the peak event is taking place.
Remember your safety is most important. Any energy reduction activities should be done in a safe manner. Don't turn off any vital appliances or devices.
What can you do before the peak event starts?
Cool down your home in advance
If you have an air conditioner, turn it on a few hours before the event starts and set the temperature to 24–26°C.
Shut external doors and close curtains
Faulty seals can account for up to 25% of heating or cooling loss. Check that seals on your doors and windows are working, and use draught blockers to keep a comfortable temperature.
Close doors to any unoccupied rooms
Close doors to any rooms you're not using. If you have ducted cooling, close vents in unused rooms to create zoned areas in your home.
What can you do during the peak event?
Manage your cooling
Use a fan to circulate the air. Fans can use around 20 times less energy per hour to run than air conditioners and typically reduce the temperature by 2-3°C.
If you can't use a fan and need to use an air conditioner, set your air conditioner to between 24–26°C. Every degree cooler can add up to 10% to your air conditioner's energy usage.
Delay the use of appliances
Shift the use of appliances like the dishwasher, electric oven and microwave to before or after the two-hour peak event.
Switch off unnecessary lights
Turn off nonessential lights in rooms you're not using. That means switching the light off when you leave the bathroom, laundry or bedroom.
Save energy on how you wash and dry clothes
If you need to do laundry during the peak event, wash a full load of laundry in cold water, rather than hot water. You can usually save energy by selecting the “eco” setting.
Avoid using a clothes dryer. Make the most of that warm summer weather by hanging clothes outside and letting them dry naturally. By doing this you could potentially save 3-4 kWh in energy use (based on a 5kg capacity / 3-star rating clothes dryer). Savings will vary between clothes dryer models. You can learn more on the Energy Rating Appliance Calculator.
Switch off the pool pump
Pool pumps use a lot of energy. Turning off your pool pump during the peak event can help you reduce your energy usage significantly.
How much electricity do my appliances use?
You can find out how much power your appliances use by checking the label or instruction manual. Input power will be displayed in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW). Once you have the appliance's input power, you can manually calculate operating costs by following these steps.
Check the appliance's input power in watts or kilowatts, e.g. 2000W
Convert it to kW by dividing it by 1,000. For example 2000W divided by 1,000 = 2kW
Find your usage tariff by checking your bill. For example 30 cents per kWh (Kilowatt hour)
Multiply the input power by your energy tariff to find the hourly running cost. For example 2kW x 30 cents = 60 cents per hour