Reduce Electricity Consumption
Energy Efficiency and Savings
There are lots of simple things you can do every day to use energy more efficiently. The less energy you use, the more money you can save and the less greenhouse gas emissions you will produce.
Here is a list of practical tips!
Tips listed under headings for different appliances and parts of your home. They are also listed in order of the amount of energy they may consume, from the greatest energy users, to the least:
Heating and Cooling
How much energy you use for heating or cooling your house depends on what kind of system you have, how you use it, where you live and the weather. But usually it is estimated that Australian homes use 10-50% of their energy on heating and 9-29% on cooling each year.
Here are some ways to take the heat off your bill:
To reduce energy use for Heating:
To reduce energy use for Cooling:
Energy use for hot water is highest in winter, as thermostats work harder to heat water to set temperatures. Hot water is estimated to use between 25- 50% of annual household energy, depending on where you live in Australia.
Here are some ways to use less energy:
Fridges and Freezers
This is the biggest energy user in most kitchens, especially as many people now have 2 fridges and a freezer.
Here's some food for thought to keep your energy bills down:
Oven and Cook Top
Smart use of these appliances is all that's needed to save energy:
Follow these tips to reduce your energy use, as well as your water use:
Washing Machine, Clothes Dryer and Iron
Here are some tips to use less energy:
Being energy efficient with your lighting doesn't mean living in the dark:
Plug-In Appliances (televisions, DVDs, stereos, game consoles, computer equipment)
Recent in-home studies show the average household has almost 70 plug-in appliances, many consuming power while performing no function most of the time. This "standing by" power is estimated to account for up to 9% of your home's electricity consumption!
You might be surprised at the levels of energy your appliances are using just because they are plugged in.
An idle electrical appliance can be:
At Least Try Considering the Following:
Think about insulation before buying a heating or cooling system. Your system will act more efficiently if your home is insulated. And that will make a difference to your energy bills and the greenhouse gas emissions you produce.
Correctly installed installation can:
Sometimes different materials with different 'R' values will provide similar performance.
If you have recessed lighting, make sure your insulation won't cause lighting equipment to overheat.
Being energy efficient with lighting doesn't mean living in the dark.
And there are plenty of reasons to spark up right now:
The Different Types of Lights You Can Buy: