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Ten ways to save energy.

 

  1. Keep curtains and window shades closed during the day to keep the heat outside. Open your curtains at night to cool your home.
  2. Fans use minimal energy and can operate at a fraction of the running cost of split system and refrigerated air conditioners. Think about how you can reduce the number of days you use air conditioning.
  3. Consider setting your air conditioner between 24 and 26°C. Every degree lower can add 5-10% to the unit’s overall energy consumption.
  4. Set your fridge temperature to 4-5°C. Below this it costs more to run, and older fridges can frost up.
  5. Use cold water for the washing machine and save up to 80% in energy.
  6. Dry your clothes outside when you can, as solar and wind energy is free.
  7. Regularly check the air filters in your air conditioners and lint filter in your dryer. Cleaning the filters makes your appliances run more efficiently, and in the case of the lint filter on your dryer, also reduces fire risk.
  8. Choose energy-saving lightbulbs. LED bulbs use around 85% less energy than halogen bulbs, but still produce the same amount of light.
  9. Check the insulation in your roof. Some ceiling insulation can lose its effectiveness as it settles and compacts over time, so check whether it needs to be topped up or replaced altogether.
  10. The next time you purchase an appliance, consider buying one with a high energy star rating to save on energy costs in the long term.

Bonus tip - Have you considered solar? Rooftop solar is now one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills; whilst the initial upfront cost might be high, solar generally pays for itself within 5 years and much less than that if you qualify for the Victorian Solar Homes program – to check if you are eligible for a Solar Homes rebate, go to solar.vic.gov.au.