Energy saving tips
Information on how to save electricity
Changing the way you use energy, especially during peak periods, can save you money on your electricity bill without compromising your comfort.
- Pre-cool and then set your air-conditioned to 24 degrees – turning your air-conditioner on earlier in the day to precool your home and then setting the temperature to 24 degrees will keep you cool and lower your overall consumption.
- If you’re buying a new air-conditioner, look for one that comes with an economy setting.
- Only heat or cool the room you are in – while convenient, ducted systems that heat or cool your whole house can be expensive to run. Close the doors to other rooms and use an efficient split system air-conditioner to only heat or cool the room you are in.
- Spread your load – try using energy hungry appliances like clothes dryers, pool pumps, and vacuum cleaners at different times of the day rather than all at once.
- Wash clothes in cold water – you can save around $115 per year by washing clothes in cold water and using the shortest appropriate wash cycle.
- Ditch the beer fridge – refrigerators are one of the most expensive appliances to run as they are on all the time so consider whether or not you really need that second fridge or if it can be turned off until needed.
- Make sure you’re fridge isn’t set too cold – the optimal temperature for a fridge is 4 or 5 degrees. Set your freezer to between minus 15 degrees to minus 18 degrees.
- Standby can eat up around 10% of your total energy use – switch appliances off completely when you are not using them, unplug your phone from the charger as soon as it’s charged, and consider a standby power controller which automatically reduces standby time and switches appliances off when they are not in use.
- Replace old incandescent globes with energy-efficient light globes.