Make some small changes to get big cash savings
- Switch it off!
Up to 10% of your electricity usage could be used from appliances that are left on standby.
- Appliances like computers, TVs, DVD players, game consoles and stereos are still using power – and costing you money! – when they’re in sleep or standby mode.
- If you’ve left it plugged in, your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not attached.
- To save money, do a nightly sweep through the house to make sure all your electric devices are turned off at the wall before you go to bed.
- A handy way to make this quicker and easier is to use a power board for multiple appliances that are near one another. One switch, and they’re all turned off at once!
It may be a pain, but the savings from simply turning everything off overnight can add up quickly.
- Shed the right amount of light on things
Have a look around you – how many lights are on?
- Turn off lights in the rooms you’re not using.
- If you only need a small amount of light, use lamps or spotlights instead of the main overhead lights.
- Use energy-efficient globes, which save power and last longer.
- Shut the heat in – or out!
Heating or cooling your whole house is expensive.
- Close doors and curtains to keep warm air inside in winter, and cool air inside in summer.
- Where you can, close doors to areas of your home that you’re not using. This means you’re only heating or cooling the rooms you need to, saving you energy and money.
- Make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly.
- Don’t let your cash slip through the cracks
All those little gaps in window and door frames let the outside air in, and allow your precious heated or cooled to escape.
- When you add up the cumulative effect of all the small leaks in your home, it can have the effect of leaving a window open all year long.
- Plug these gaps wherever possible, using stick-on foam strips or by applying an expanding foam or gap filler.
- Check places including around windows and doorframes, and around the holes in walls where pipes are.
- Add – or remove – a layer
It may sound obvious – but dress for the temperature.
- Instead of turning up the heating – and adding to your energy bill – pop on a jumper or grab an extra blanket.
- Dress using warm, layered clothes, so that you can turn the heating down, or even off, saving your precious cash.
- Do you need it?
- Turn heaters, fans and air conditioners off when you don’t need them.
- This includes when you leave the room, go out, or go to bed.
- Some systems allow you to create zones that can be separately turned on and off for energy efficiency.
- Check your billed usage matches the meter
Your meter reader can make mistakes! And if they misread a number here and there, it can add up to a big difference in your energy usage charges.
- Make sure you’re being billed correctly by comparing the meter reading on your bill to what you actually see on your meter.
- If the reading on your meter is lower than the reading on your bill, then you’re being overcharged.
Get water wise and energy savvy with your cooking and cleaning
- In the laundry –
- Make energy savings by using the shortest washing cycle, and always waiting until you have a full load.
- Wash clothes using cold water, and spin each load thoroughly.
- Use a clothesline wherever possible – only use a clothes dryer as a last resort.
- Keep the dryer’s lint filter clean to maximise its energy efficiency.
- In the kitchen –
- Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only run it when it’s full.
- Your fridge is one of your most expensive appliances to run, as it’s always on. Check the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can’t escape.
- If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.
- Thaw frozen food in the fridge first to reduce cooking time.
- When you’re cooking, use the microwave when you can – it uses much less energy than an electric oven.
- When using an oven, avoid continuously opening the door, and keep the lids on pots when using the stove. You’ll save energy and money, and dinner will be ready faster!
- In the bathroom –
- use water-saving showerheads to reduce the amount of hot water and energy you’re using, and have short showers.
Start making these simple changes today, and see big savings on your next energy bill.