Reduce your power usage

A great way to manage energy costs is to make sure you are using electricity efficiently in your home. This can help reduce the variable costs on your electricity bill.

To get started, use our Energy Easy portal to find out when you use the most electricity each day. It uses information from your smart meter to track your electricity use. This will help you to understand which appliances – heating, cooling, lighting or even a pool pump – are consuming the most energy and when.

Best ways to save during summer

  • Set your air conditioner to around 24 to 26 degrees – depending on the size of your unit, a one degree change can save 10% on cooling costs.
  • Turn off appliances at the plug when you’re not using them – standby power can account for more than 3% of your energy bill.
  • Keep rooms shaded from the sun and heat with curtains or blinds.
  • Use dishwashers or washing machines in the morning or at off-peak times in the evening.
  • Air dry your laundry rather than using clothes dryers.

Air conditioning costs can add up

When it comes to the appliances that use the most power, air conditioning is often at the top of the list. And the harder your air conditioner has to work to heat or cool your home, the more it will cost to run.

By simply changing the settings by a few degrees, you can make a big difference to energy costs. In winter, set the heating for around 19 degrees and in summer, cool the home to around 26 degrees.

Your home will still be comfortable in the seasonal extremes but you’ll save running costs on your electricity bill. Depending on the size of your unit, a one degree change can generate up to a 10% reduction in heating and cooling costs.

Visit the Sustainability Victoria website for more tips about using your air conditioning system in the most efficient ways.

Keep the heat and cold in or out

If your home is poorly insulated or susceptible to draughts, your air conditioner will have to work harder to achieve and hold the temperature you’ve set. Finding and eliminating draughts in your home is another easy way to save on electricity bills.

By weather-stripping gaps and cracks in windows, doors, and vents, you can minimise cold air leaking in during winter and hot air during summer. The Australian Energy Foundation has put together a range of helpful tips about how to identify and minimise draughts around your home.

Choose more efficient appliances

Energy Rating labels are found on appliances like televisions, computers, dishwashers, washing machines, fridges, freezers and dryers. These are designed to help you compare models based on how much energy they consume in a year – so you use less electricity and save money.

When buying and installing appliances, make sure:

  • You buy the appliance that is the right size for your home and has the features you need.
  • Your appliances are positioned and installed correctly for best performance.
  • Your appliances are well maintained so they keep working efficiently.

Visit the Australian Government’s Energy Rating website for more information about choosing energy efficient appliances.

Choosing efficient lighting

We’re working hard to upgrade all streetlights to LED lights to help your cities, towns and local communities save money. By doing the same thing in your home, you can save around 16% on your annual lighting costs.

LED and compact fluorescent lights are not only more efficient but also have good light quality and instant start up-times. The Victorian Energy Upgrades website can help you find an accredited installer to upgrade the lighting in your home for free.

Changing your power use habits

Simple ideas like turning off lights when you leave a room, keeping the oven door closed while cooking and air drying your washing when possible will all help reduce your electricity consumption.

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