Here are some steps you can take to save energy around the house:
- In summer, keep cool by closing windows, doors, curtains and blinds.
- Try to use fans instead of air conditioners and set your air conditioner to 26°C.
- In winter, reduce draughts by closing windows, doors and curtains.
- Set central heating to 18°C.
- Put in LED lights and turn them off when not needed.
- Switch off appliances at the wall—some keep using energy if you don’t.
- Make sure there is plenty of space around your fridge.
- Check that the fridge seals keep the door firmly closed.
- Make sure the fridge isn’t too full.
- Cover pots and pans to reduce cooking time.
- Wait till the dishwasher is full, then put it on.
Bathroom and laundry
- Use cold water for washing.
- Use a clothes line instead of the dryer.
- Set your hot water to 60°C.
- Wait till the washing machine is full of dirty clothes, then put it on.
- Put in low-flow showerheads—ask at your hardware store.
- Have shorter showers—no more than 4 minutes.
- If you’re getting a new pool, don’t go for the biggest.
- Use a pool cover to keep the heat in and put in an efficient filter pump.
- If you want a heated pool, think about a solar heating system.
- Only put in the lighting you need.
Building or renovating?
If you’re building or renovating, think about how energy efficient you can make your place. This could save you money in the long run.
Here are some energy saving ideas to think about:
- Insulation—this keeps the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
- Ceiling fans—they use less energy than air conditioners.
- LED lights—they use much less energy than other lights.
- One light per switch instead of one switch turning on more than one light.
- A solar hot water system—check if you can get a government rebate.
- Gas ovens and cooktops—they are usually cheaper to run than electric versions.
- Double glazing for windows and doors—this keeps the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
There’s a lot of information to help you understand your options when building or renovating. Visit the Australian Government's Your Home website for more information.
You can also visit the Australian Government's Energy Gov Au website for home energy saving tips in 33 languages, advice on energy efficient appliances and a government rebate and assistance finder.