Energy Saving Tips for Daily Living in your home
Here’s a few simple things you can do that will benefit your bank balance and, in most cases, make your home warmer and healthier too!
- Take that old, energy guzzling beer fridge to your local authority for recycling and save up to $150 per year.
- Turn your heated towel rail off in warmer weather and save up to $80 per year - or even better, install a timer!
- Wash your clothes in cold water and you could save up to $270 per year.
- Replace four of the most frequently used standard light bulbs in your home with energy efficient light bulbs and save at least $65 a year.
- Try and run your dishwasher or washing machine only with a full load.
- Use thermostats and timers on your heaters so they switch on when you need them and switch off once they reach the right temperature.
- Use as much FREE sunlight as you can – keep windows clean and free of shady branches AND dry your washing on the line.
- Check the thermostat on your hot water cylinder is set to the recommended 60°C temperature.
- Heat pumps are usually the most efficient electrical heaters available however they cost more than portable heaters. If using portable electric heaters use the right kind - e.g. fan heaters for quick heat, radiant heaters for big rooms and column heaters for background heat.
- When replacing appliances consider the models with more ENERGY STARS. They're the cheapest to run.
- Check you’re on the best electricity rate for your circumstances — most power companies offer a cheaper daily fixed charge /higher usage unit price for those living alone and using less than the household average of 10,000 kWh per year.
For further hints or advice book a free home assessment.