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Energy Efficiency

Energy Saving tips

  • Turn off appliances at the plug when not using them, especially entertainment systems. Standby power can account for more than 3% of your energy bill.
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room. It is more efficient to turn lights off when not in use.
  • Take shorter showers, ideally 4 minutes or less. Use a shower timer as a reminder
  • Use cold water when washing your hands or cleaning your teeth
  • Wash your laundry in cold water
  • Keep a blanket nearby in winter to provide extra warmth on colder evenings.
  • Dress for the weather – before turning on the heating or cooling adjust your clothing to suit the temperature.
  • Whenever possible, air dry your clothes, instead of using a clothes-dryer
  • Set the thermostat of your fridge to the most efficient setting; your fridge should be set at 3° to 5° and your freezer at -15° to -18°.
  • Use fans to keep yourself cooler in hot weather. Fans use less power of an air conditioner. They work even better if you spritz your skin with water!
  • If you use a reverse-cycle air conditioner, then during cooler weather – set your air conditioner to “heating” mode between 18 – 21 oC. During warmer weather, set your air conditioner to “cooling” mode between 24 – 26 oC.
  • Heat & Cool naturally
    • During winter, prevent heat loss by shutting windows and doors and closing curtains at night, and opening during the day to let the sun in.
    • During summer try to keep rooms shaded from the sun with curtain or blinds. Open windows in the evening, when the outside air temperature drops.
  • Keep the oven door closed while cooking – every time you open the door the temperature in the oven drops by around 5 – 15 degrees.
  • Shop around for a better deal on your electricity. Most households can save hundreds of dollars a year, simply by switching retailer or getting a better deal from their retailer. Visit these government websites to compare your energy plan with other retailer offers.

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