Energy Saving

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Energy Saving

Tips on how you can save money and have a warmer, drier, healthier home.  

 

1. Use hot water efficiently 

The way you use hot water can have a huge impact on the amount you spend on power.  There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your power bill: 

  • Visit your local hardware store for help on stock water efficient showerheads which don’t necessarily reduce pressure or your shower experience. 
  • Save $25 or more by turning down your hot water system to 60 degrees if it’s set too hot. 
  • Limit showers to 4 mins. The average 3 person household could save up to $915/yr by reducing shower times from 10mins to 4 mins. 
  • Older hot water cylinders may not be insulated. An easy way to save energy and more than $50 a year is to wrap it and the pipes with cylinder wrap from your local hardware store. 
  • Wash clothes in cold water and save around $80 or more a year. 

 

2. Insulate your home 

Installing home insulation is an investment which will give you long term savings. Your power bill will be much lower, and your home warmer, drier and more comfortable. 

 

3. Use lighting and appliances efficiently

The type of lighting and appliances you have in your home, and how you use them can add up to about one third of you power bill, or two-thirds during winder when you are heating your home.  

  • Upgrade lights to LEDs as they use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. 
  • Be careful what heating you use. Heat pumps or woodburners are most efficient. 
  • Don’t overheat – keep heating between 18-21 degrees. 
  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use 
  • Hang washing on the line instead of using the dryer 
  • Choose energy efficient appliances at next upgrade 

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