Energy Saving At Home
The average home in NSW creates 8000 kg of carbon pollution every year. There are a few simple steps you can take that will not only reduce your impact on the environment but also lower your power bills.
1. Only use the dishwasher or washing machine to wash a full load, use the energy saving setting, use cold water and air dry.
2. Cook with the microwave instead of the stove or oven as it uses less energy.
3. Set your fridge at 3°C to 4°C and your freezer at -15°C to -18°C. Keep your fridge door seal clean or replace if worn.
4. A full fridge uses less energy than an empty fridge. Use bottles of water to fill large gaps. However leave small gaps between items so air can circulate.
5. Install a water efficient shower head and keep your showers to a few minutes to reduce the amount of hot water you are using.
6. Fix leaking taps and toilets and insulate hot water pipes.
7. Turn off lights when you leave a room and don’t leave TV’s, entertainment systems and computers on standby – switch them off at the power point.
8. In summer set your air conditioning to 23°C – 26°C or use fans instead of air conditioning or with the air conditioner to help spread cool air further.
9. In winter set your heating to 18°C – 21°C (each degree warmer can add 15% to your electricity bill).
10. If you’re operating your heater or air conditioner ensure you close curtains, blinds and doors. This will help maintain the temperature inside once you have turned off the heater or air conditioner.
11. When replacing or shopping for a new appliance, like a fridge or TV, look for the Energy Rating label – the more stars the better. The label will also tell you approximately how much energy the product will use over 1 year.
If you would like further information on saving energy or understanding your electricity bill try the Energy Made Easy website at: