11 Energy Saving Tips for your Household

With the cost of living increasing we have listed below 11 tips that may assist you saving money around your household.

  1. Install a gas or solar hot water system – when it is time to replace your hot water system, consider a high efficient gas or solar system. Doing this will help a household reduce its annual energy bill and greenhouse emissions.
  2. Close off rooms that aren’t occupied – closing the door on your bedrooms, bathrooms and dining rooms will keep the heat in the zone you spend most of your time – normally kitchen and lounge room. It is a lot cheaper to heat a small area.
  3. Close and cover evaporative air conditioning vents – When you have your air conditioner closed down for winter ensure you close the vents in the ceiling. Remove one of the vents to use as a template – trace around it on a piece of white card – cut out enough for all vents in the house. Put the vent back into its position and then place cardboard over the vent. You will be surprised how much warmer your room will be with vents covered and you will be able to run your heater on a lower setting – which reduces running costs.
  4. Close your curtains/blinds – properly insulating your windows is a great way to save. Up to 40% of total heat loss in the home occurs through uncovered windows. Hang close fitting curtains or invest in double glazing (a good way to also reduce unwanted noise).
  5. Use a natural gas room heater – to heat occupied living rooms. When choosing a unit, make sure it is the correct size for your living space. They are cheaper to run and save up to 75% of the greenhouse emissions of a standard electric heater.
  6. Insulate the ceilings and walls – insulation is one of the most effective ways to save on heating costs. A well insulated home can be up to 7°c warmer in winter.
  7. Always buy appliances with the most star ratings – when you are buying a new appliance, it is important that you choose the model the meets your needs but also uses the least amount of energy. It can save you money and also does the environment a favour.
  8. Fit an AAA-rated showerhead – or a flow restricting valve to an existing showerhead. This will reduce the amount of water used while still providing a satisfying shower – please note if you have an instantaneous hot water unit they are not compatible with flow restricted shower heads.
  9. Change your cooking methods – up to 90% of the energy used by ovens is wasted. Use alternatives such as microwaves, electric frying pans and pressure cookers. Changing from electric to gas cooking could save around half a tonne of greenhouse gas each year.
  10. Dry clothes on the clothes line – (rather than in the dryer) – it won’t add a cent to your energy bill and generates zero greenhouse gases. Your clothes will be cleaner too – ultraviolet light kills bacteria and helps remove stains. If your clothes are damp when you bring them in – purchase a clothes airing stand and put it in front of your heater to completely dry.
  11. Install energy efficient light bulbs – replace your standard incandescent bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last much (6-8 times) longer, and best of all they use about 80% less energy for the same light level