Heating and cooling

Saving energy while keeping warm and staying cool
  • In winter, set your heater to around 20 degrees. Try to dress warm rather than turning the heater up.
  • Seal up any gaps around your doors and windows with draught stoppers and weather strips.  
  • In summer, get your air conditioner serviced. Replacing old dirty filters may help lower your energy usage. 
  • Set temperatures on coolers to 24 degrees or higher. Every degree higher you can have your cooler may help you save energy.


Saving energy in the heart of the home
  • Only use your dishwasher when it is full. Select the economy option on your dishwasher to shorten the running time.
  • Try and cook as much as possible in the oven at the same time to make the most of the energy being used. 
  • Older fridges tend to use more energy, if more than ten years old consider upgrading to an energy efficient model.
  • Induction cooktops are typically the most energy efficient. They take less time to heat up than gas or electric stovetops. 


Saving energy going down the drain
  • Use a shower timer to shorten showers for the whole family. Reducing shower time can help save energy.
  • Choose showers over baths as much as possible to avoid heating a whole bathtub of water.
  • Consider installing water-efficient showerheads so you are using and heating less water. 
  • If you have heated towel racks don’t keep them on permanently. Just switch them on before your shower or when needed.  


Saving energy in the Aussie backyard
  • Turn the temperature on your pool down or even completely off when you know you won’t be using it for a while.
  • Connect your pool to a controlled load so it is metered separately to the rest of your house. Electricity will be supplied at off-peak times.
  • If you have a second fridge for outdoor use, consider turning it off until you really need it.  
  • If you are running decorative ponds or fountains, choose a solar rather than an electric pump to save energy. 

Living room

Saving energy while chilling
  • Don’t leave your living room appliances such as TV’s, gaming consoles and stereos on standby as they constantly use energy.
  • If you are buying a new TV, check out the energy efficiency rating, more stars means higher efficiency. 
  • The bigger the television, generally the more energy it will consume.  Plasma televisions typically use the most energy.
  • Use a cosy blanket to keep you warm on the couch. Keep blankets nearby so you aren’t tempted to turn up the heating.  


Saving energy when doing the washing
  • Wash your clothes in cold water as much as possible. Use cold water detergents for the best results.
  • Front loader washing machines are typically more energy efficient than top loaders as they use less water and less detergent.
  • Use the economy mode on your washing machine whenever possible for a shorter cycle that uses less energy.
  • Use mother nature to dry your clothes as much as possible. If you need to own a dryer, consider a heat pump dryer as it is the most energy efficient.

Home office

Saving energy working in your headquarters
  • Use the energy saving setting on your computer to turn off screens and consume less energy when you are not at your desk. 
  • If you can close doors and heat or cool smaller spaces this can save you a lot of energy while you are working in your home office. 
  • Save energy on printers by reading documents on your computer as much as possible. If you must print, choose double sided to save paper.

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