Top Ten Tips to Save Money and Energy
It doesn't take a lot of energy to save a lot of energy. In fact, there are lots of little things you can do around the house that can make a world of difference.
1. Standby for more savings
When appliances are switched off at the power button but left on at the wall, they may use some energy called ‘standby’ power. Standby power can account for around 5% of electricity wastage in the home. Switch appliances, such as TV’s, videos, stereos, microwaves, washing machines and computers, off at the wall when not in use – it’s an easy way to save energy, money and reduce your impact on the environment.
2. Keep draughts out
Air coming into your home through cracks and gaps can not only make you feel cold,it can account for between 15 - 25% of the heat loss in your home. Draught sealing can be simple, doesn't have to cost a lot and you can do it yourself with door seals and door snakes.
3. Is your fridge working properly?
Fridges can use a lot of energy, so it pays to make sure yours is working as efficiently as possible. Check that the door seals are working properly and that the coils at the back of the fridge are kept dust free.
4. Ceiling insulation
Did you know that ceiling insulation can help reduce ambient temperature in your home by 2 degrees? Correctly installed insulation costs nothing to run and can help make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable all year round.
5. Don’t heat or cool your whole house
You can easily reduce your energy use by dressing for the weather and only heating or cooling the rooms you are in.
6. Check your water heater
Hot water heaters are one the largest energy users in most homes, so it’s worth taking some time to make sure yours is working efficiently. Also, if you have an electric hot water system, consider switching to a less greenhouse gas intensive form of energy such as gas or solar.
7. Replace your incandescent bulbs
Some compact fluorescent light bulbs can last up to 15 times longer than the average incandescent light bulb, and they only use around 20% of the energy to produce the same amount of light.
8. Use AAA-rated water-efficient showerheads
Make sure you have low-flow showerheads. They’re an easy way to help save money on your water and electricity bills.
9. Save energy in the laundry
Wash your laundry in cold water – it cleans most clothes just as effectively using less energy. Make the most of Australia’s sunny climate and dry your clothes outdoors using free solar energy. The sun is also one of the best antibacterial cleaners around.
10. Save energy in the kitchen
Conserve water and energy by using the dishwasher only when the machine is full.