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Energy saving tips for your home
MAKING a few small changes to the way you use
energy could make a difference to your next
energ y bill.
Simple reductions can help reduce the amount of
energy you use in your home, saving you money.
The family room
Switch appliances off at the wall.
TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos and game
consoles still use energy in standby mode, when not
in use, switch these appliances off at the power point.
Use a power board
A power board can supply electricity to multiple
appliances at the same time and allows you to switch
off all appliances using the same switch.
Use lamps or spotlights
If you only need a small amount of light, use lamps
or spotlights instead of main lights.
Use energy-saving globes
Change your old light globes to compact fluorescent
How many lights are on?
Turn off lights in the rooms you’re not using.
Thaw food in the fridge first to reduce cooking time.
Microwaves use less energy than an oven so when
using your oven, avoid continuously opening the door.
Using the stove top
Keep lids on pots when cooking to reduce the
amount of time and energy used, dinner will be
cooked faster too.
Use an electric kettle rather than the stove.
Use the economy cycle for everyday washing and
only run the dishwasher when it’s full, this helps save
Fridge and freezer
Set your fridge temperature to 4-5 degrees and your
freezer temperature between -15 and -18 degrees
celsius. Keep fridges and freezers in a cool, well-
ventilated spot away from the oven and the sun to
save electricity. Keep a five- centimetre gap around
your fridge so air can circulate freely.
Only run the washing machine or dryer on full load
and use cold water to wash clothes and spin them
thoroughly before drying.
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer wherever
Only use a dryer with a full load and when clothes
are wrung well first. Clothes should never be placed in
the dryer dripping wet, also keep the lint filter clean.
Use water wisely. Set the hot water temperature
to 50 degrees celsius. Installing water-saving
showerheads in your home will reduce the amount of
hot water and energy used. Shorten showers to less
than five minutes.
Use programmable timers and sensors to light
Use solar power
Consider using outdoor solar lights for your garden
or outdoor areas.
Separate your lighting
Separate the lights so you can choose which areas
Cooling and heating
Reduce your need for cooling and heating
Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area
you need to cool or heat.
Keep curtains and outside window shades closed
to reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain a
consistent temperature inside.
Rather than heat your bedroom, add another
blanket to your bed or use an electric blanket, wheat
bag or hot water bottle.
Look after your cooling and heating systems
Clean your air conditioner or cooler so it doesn’t use
as much energy to run and turn off your cooling or
heating overnight and when you’re not home.
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